Is it possible to give my pets the flu?
Can my cats or dog catch the flu from me?
Well we were all catching the Bird flu ! Maybe it is possible so let us hope some expert will come along and tell us.
Great question but I have no answer. I had a cat with allergies once -- that was interesting. I hope someone has an answer or theory.
Hi Victoria, as far as I know, it really depends on what type of flu you have. Some of them will transmit to dogs and cats, some will not. I think the disease is pretty self-limiting, not fatal, and can be treated just like you would treat any mild respiratory infection in a dog. With your little dog I do not even think it would be a concern, and unless you have a Persian cat I do not think it would be that big a deal. (If you have tabbys or cats with normal noses breathing with a stuffy nose should not be an issue.)
Where I live I still treat cases of distemper (dogs that were never vaccinated) so the influenza vaccine is not even available, and I do not think anyone would buy it if it was.
Final thoughts--if you have the flu, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and try not to sneeze in your dog´s face!!!!
Dr. Mark! I was hoping you'd find this question. All of that is good to know. I haven't sneezed in my dog's face so far, but he's by my side wherever I am.So are the cats--no Persians. Good to know! Do you know about pet birds, too?
I am not an expert on all the types, but I do remember birds are much more sensitive to several of the varieties. They have very little lung capacity and will become congested and die quickly. A bird w flu needs oxy tent or incubator.
Dang! My bf has a bird that he talks to, whistles with, but he stayed away from him when he was sick. Good thing! Thanks, Dr. Mark!
From what I've read, it's possible, but not probable. Great question! I always worry I'll pass something onto my cats, but in most cases it's pretty rare.
LOL...Vee...I have often wondered about this. I remember asking my Dr. AND the Vet if I could catch a bug from my cat.....not the other way around....and guess what? I do not remember what they said. Now, had I brought my cat with me, he would have remembered!!.......I'm happy to see the Dr's answer to your question.
My kitty had the "sniffles" just the other day! But I'm A-OK! Great question, Vee!
There are many medical practitioners in my family and I learn that certain flu is immune to certain multi cellular organisms.
I mean that if your flu is new to the immune system of your pet, then your pet gets sick,
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