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USA today your host John H. the news is full of it the flu is raging from the east coast to the west coast in New York City eight thousand cases were reported in just one day humans aren't the only ones at risk flu infection in cats and dogs may be much more common than you thought bad news for sure but it's great it gets worse research is reporting that our pets can be catching the illness from their owners dogs seem to be relatively safe from the you mean strange but a cat can catch a cold or the flu from you the virus attach is to the cells in the respiratory tract the feline similarly to how it does in humans says Scott we see the Canada research chair into Nanak diseases and the associate professor at the Ontario veterinary college one study of cat blood samples found about thirty percent of canton Ohio have been infected with seasonal flu and twenty percent have been infected with the H. one N. one flu strain that causes the two thousand nine pandemic studies also suggest that there have been an increase in cat flu infection since two thousand nine cats also get cats can't viruses that are similar to a cold humans can't catch those there's no concern would dog human or given to dog transmission says Weese dogs get viruses from each other if we have a pet it's also a good idea to wash your hands often especially after contact avoid exposure from the pet saliva to your mucous membranes such as your nose and mouth or broken skin if a pet is under the weather keep him away from family members had weakened immune systems such as pregnant women and the elderly some experts say you should never let pets sleep in your bed especially under the covers animals infected with the flu develop symptoms similar to those in humans including reading problems a runny nose or eyes and fatigue to protect pets Christine Lauer and associate professor at Oregon state university's college of veterinary medicine suggests that owners get the seasonal flu shot which will reduce the chances of catching fluent spreading it to others both people and pets people who become sick with the flu should take the same precautions with their pets as they would with other people such as minimizing contact with them if your pet is sick help him feel better by regularly cleaning his area food and water bowls and where he sleeps and in case of cats changing the litter box often let him rest and be sure to supply lots of water if you stuffed up a unifier may help him breathe easier suggest the American veterinary medical association if you're worried have your vet do a physical exam he or she may suggest diagnostic tests such as a culture or blood count and says we should tell your physician if your pet is sick and you become ill even if the symptoms don't seem related it could help him or her diagnose and treat you and eventually you can treat your pet you're listening to talk and pets well watchers cruising off the coast of Hawaii came across something that looked like a giant used tissue floating in the water this month but you.

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