Veterinarian Joaquín García announced in an exclusive interview with ADNSUR What are the warning signs for our dogs and cats? What should we do if infection is possible.
In this regard, he said, “We must calm down because Generally, this strain does not spread to humans and mammals in significant numbers.. It’s not like other strains that already exist, such as the H1N1 virus that caused Spanish fever,” he noted.
🔸Avoid contact with sick animals, do not touch them, warn them. “Remember, it’s on the coast now,” he warned.
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🔸Beware of migratory birds, which “can infect chicken coops and that’s where the problem arises,” he stressed.
“This does not have to scare us, but rather make us responsible to make this phenomenon disappear in a short time like all diseases,” the veterinarian said. Take non-contact measures to prevent the virus from continuing to multiply Becoming more aggressive will end this faster,” he explained.
While it is unlikely to attack dogs and cats, “in Poland, for example, there have been cases of cats getting sick and causing a large proportion of deaths, but this was because they ate raw meat, while in other cases the cause was not known.” ” he pointed out.
In cats, the disease itself “presents with general symptoms, e.g. Breathing problems, conjunctivitis, seizures, tremors. In dogs, the symptoms are the same. “
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In this way, what must be taken into account is that “if the dog has been exposed to marine animals, it must be observed for about 10 days to see if it has these symptoms.”
If there are sick birds, he said “we should try to get them seen by a veterinarian to rule out common diseases that are occurring in them. Professional surveillance is required to rule out avian influenza disease.“, he insisted.
“TWe must stay calm and avoid taking pets to the beachBecause dogs are very curious, they will get close, lick, and then infection will occur,” he stressed. “We must not forget that infection is caused by direct or indirect contact with the feces or secretions of sick animals. . It can come from respiratory droplets or dry secretions. Utensils must always be washed and authorities called. “Garcia emphasized.
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One characteristic of the influenza virus is that “it is small and mutates easily.” As it spreads from one person to another, “aggression increases.” In humans, “if it’s associated with other viruses, such as the common flu, then the virus may act at the same time and become more aggressive,” he said.
As with humans, animals “are essential for deworming and vaccinations to protect them against the most common viruses.”
An organism in good condition “allows it to respond better and be able to fight,” the veterinarian said.
“Dogs must be dewormed, vaccinated, fed and protected from the elements. Don’t go to the beach, but you can go with the animal and control where it goes,” he advises.
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He concluded: “Avian influenza is unlikely to be transmitted to dogs and cats, and it is unlikely that they will be transmitted to humans.”