Friday, October 2, 2009

Can your pets catch Swine Flu???

Are you worried that your cats and dogs may become ill with H1N1, the virus formerly known as Swine Flu? As of right now, there is very little chance that they can be affected by this virus. It is, however, important that we all realize that this virus can mutate. So, watch it! H1N1 is a faster moving and more debilitating strain of flu than seasonal flu.

Humans CAN transmit H1N1 and other flu viruses to pigs, turkeys, potbelly pigs, African Pygmies and other pet pigs. Watch their health closely. Contact your veterinarian right away if your pet exhibits coughing, nasal discharge, fever...Keep him at home if he is having any of these problems. Otherwise, he can pass his illness on to others. Check with your vet to see what is available for vaccinating your pets against various illnesses and diseases. Ferrets need to be watched closely also as we can pass our flu on to them.

As always, if you have a pet that is ill, DO NOT let him eat and drink from bowls that your healthier pets are using. This will minimize the chances of them passing the flu to each other. Do not let sick pets share their toys with others either.

Don't allow your indoor cats to go outside anymore as their health is endangered.


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