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Wed, Jan 20 | By Lindsay Goldwert | 64

When we're sick, we look to our dogs offer us snuggles, cuddles and comfort. We tend not to think of pets as being susceptible to the same kinds of germs that make us ill and feverish. But in late December, newspapers reported a New York dog that h… more ›

Can My Dog Get the Flu?
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Kelsey D.
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Kelsey D.
4 years ago

People should stop flipping out about this. It's just another flu. Pets can take care of themselves a lot better than we can anyway.

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Stream
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Stream
4 years ago

This is highly helpful to me. I had no clue my pets could get the flu!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i say better safe then sorry. i assume they can get anything we get so even though that is not true i cut down the risk

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di
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di
4 years ago

Are they coming out with a H1N1 vaccine for pets? I was told it will be in the flu shot this year and not an option to get, so will there be one for our pets?

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

please don't skimp on vacinations

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

All good info.

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

I try to keep using sanitizer on my hands. Volunteering at the shelter its very important not to spread germs btw cats too. Just have to do the best you can.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

when i worked at a pet store everytime he touched one of the pups we had a dispencer of sanatized air dry. lotion. we used this and had the customers use it to before we touched another pup and when we were done

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Kaukab B.
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Kaukab B.
4 years ago

Good article.. As much as I tried - and despite having gotten a flu shot last fall - I STILL passed on my cold to my poor kitties.. I'm treating them and they're recovering well.. But I wish there was someway I could shelter my babies in the future from fall sick this way...

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

One of my cats and I got sick withing days of each other with the same symptoms, and ended up on the same antibiotic. She got well a lot faster than I did.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

and the new article tell you to cut corners on vacines for them. i don't like that

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Diane H.
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Diane H.
4 years ago

I know. That's one of the reasons I got both flu shots this year. And anything upper respiratory passes so quickly to all the cats.

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Great story! However, it's not great that we can now make our fur children sick too! I'm one of those that constantly washes my hands however, there's not much we can do if it's airborne!

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Handwashing is absolutely the best thing we can do to prevent the spread of these diseases. They are always telling us at work to "cover your cough" (which could apply to sneezes, too). and to wash our hands!

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

It is horrible that we can pass these bugs between each other.. I think precautions should obviously be taken in all cases.. just because it hasn't been diagnosed doesn't mean you can't get this other strain from them..

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

debby i so agree it is always better to be safe then sorry in all cases

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree that precautions should be taken. The hard part is that sometimes you are sick/contagious,

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

when i had pnumonia earlier this year i tried to keep my boys as far away as possible

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L M.
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L M.
4 years ago

I just think it's a good idea for all humans to get the vaccine (certainly plentiful).

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

I agree. Why not?

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i have gottne both flu shots this year.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

as do i. it is not just ourselve we should worry about it is our pets and others

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

we should never just assume that different illnesses cannot cross the species lines

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

oh my there seems to be another upgrade that snuck in in the wee hours of the night. i hope people pay attention to this article it is always better to be safe then sorry

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Do you like this new format daryl??

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

oh boy i just saw it. i hate it. all these different pages. they keep making it harder and harder on my dialup. pretty soon i am not going to go anywhere at all. all i do is change pages. i spent the day with jess and jacks it was much more fun then these new updates.

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

exactly.. assumptions can get you in trouble

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

you know whatthey say about assumptions making an a** out of ourselves

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Good point Deb.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Great point, Daryl!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

thank you kris

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

Good to know. Thanks for the update!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i wish there were more updates like this. these things are important to know

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

I'm glad to get an update.

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

This is a great topic to discuss , I was alaways wondering if a pet could catch a virus from its owner or anyone who is sick , I see I have to be way more careful , cause Nuvo goes a lot of places and everyone is alwawys rubbing her and she loves to play with every dog she sees

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

Sorry , always is what I meant , my spelling is way off this morning !

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

there are many things that can cross the species lines between humans and our pets and other animals

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Shay, I'm voting for your comment! We do have to be more careful!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i am glad for more info about illness going back and forth

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

This is very good to know and to be aware of.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

it is good that we have the zoo to keep us up to date in these things

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

I voted for your comment! This was definitely a very informative news story!

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

There is a lot of good information in this article. However, most dogs like to stay close to their loved ones when they are sick. My dogs have always known when I don't feel well and seem to stick by me even more at those times...it's just their way of comforting us. Hand washing and taking all the normal precautions makes sense though.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

rosie that is so true they love us and sense when we are not well

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

My animal kids are like velcro when I am not feeling well.. When I was really sick a few years ago, one of the times I passed out I awoke to my one Siamese Otto headbutting me and hitting me in the face with his paw to get me up.. He must have been scared because he didn't leave me alone the rest of the day.. velcro cat

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Tina P.
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Tina P.
4 years ago

Rose, you raise a valid point there! I know when I'm not feeling well, the P kids are all over me!

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

They do want to comfort us, you are right, and that makes it difficult to keep from spreading a virus like the flu.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

there is so much innocence in out pets that they insticktivly want to give us comfort

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Hand-washing and other preventive measures make sense, but I think it is still going to be difficult for dog owners to avoid passing their contageous flu onto their pets since it would be difficult to keep a safe distance from dogs who want to be nearby.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

dogs are like that and all we can do is the best we can

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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

very true.. then of course you have to feed them.. you are coming in contact with their food and bowls

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Kavykeeper
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Kavykeeper
4 years ago

My vet told me that anytime a family member is ill, assume we can transmit it to the guinea pigs whether or not we can. It's not always apparent what we have, so there always "might" be the possibility of transmitting something to them. Good hand washing and not coughing or sneezing near them is a must. I try to handle them as little as possible when I don't feel well. Better safe than sorry.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

kavy that is good. so many think these things cannot cross the speicies lines. but they can so we must be careful when ill

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