Surprisingly perhaps, but the answer is yes! Not only that, we can give infections to our pets too. Listen to my Health Advantage Program below for more information on what you can and can't get from your pets and which pets may be cause for extra precautions.
What about the flu? According to Veterinarian Vanessa Yeager, ... flu viruses are tricky. Sometimes they obey the rules and sometimes they don’t, but under normal circumstances, the chance of passing on your human flu virus to your furry cuddle buddy is quite low. Canines cannot normally catch the type B and C influenza viruses we suffer from each year.However, there is always a chance of rebellious influenza A viruses! According to a March 2010 article in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a cat was diagnosed with H1N1 in 2009 that presumably caught it from the owner. Since then, a handful of domestic animals, including dogs, cats, and ferrets, were diagnosed with H1N1 that all supposedly contracted the illness from their ill owners. However alarming this may be, these were isolated cases and certainly not reflective of the norm.
So is it possible? Yes, but it's not likely.
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Of a more likely scenario is that you will spread the flu to someone in your family via your pet. When we are sick, those of us with pets enjoy the comfort of a pet close by. However germs can be transferred to our pet and then transferred to others in the home who spend time petting the dog in the next little while.
Here are more tips from WebMD on avoiding the spread of germs when you're sick. Follow These Rules so You Don't Spread the Flu.
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