I recently went through a spell where I did not post anything for about 6 days or so and you may be wondering what had happened? I was sick with one of the worst colds I have had in a long time. Usually when I get a common cold, it’s not bad at all and does not last long either. This one, however, knocked me on my butt. To this day I still am trying to fully recover from it. I still have a nagging cough and am trying to get rid of all the phlem in there. Sorry for the gross description.
This brings me to an issue that I am sure many pet owners have thought about. Can your pet catch your cold or flu? Well, the simple answer is NO. The viruses that cause the common cold are species-specific, meaning that the human cold and flu viruses are specific for humans, cat cold viruses are specific to cats, dog cold viruses are for dogs, etc. Yes, your cat and dog can get colds, but they are specific to their species. And, along the same lines, you cannot catch a cold from your dog or cat. See the following resources.
http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/browse_by_diseases.htm browse by disease
http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/animals/cats.htm browse by species
Now, for proof that your pets cannot catch your cold, see these resources.
I just had my dog in to the vet for his annual check-up, and I asked my vet for confirmation. She indeed confirmed that the cold and flu viruses are species-specific, and that your pet should not be able to catch your cold or flu. I doing research for this article, I came across many posts that claimed that their pets did in fact catch their owner’s flu, but I just don’t believe it. What do you think?