With all the talk about the spread of the swine flu (H1N1 virus), you may be asking yourself if your pets could possibly catch it. Especially after I just recently wrote a post talking about if your pet can catch your cold where I stated “No.” Well, I just found some information from the ASPCA, and here is a quote from the ASPCA website.
“Don’t worry, pet parents. The outbreak appears to present a low risk of infecting cats and dogs, but owners of pet pigs, as well as farmers, should monitor their animal’s health more closely…”
To read the entire article from the ASPCA website, go to http://www.aspca.org/news/national/05-01-09.html#1.
Now they do say that the swine flu poses a very low risk to our pets, but they also say that they are not sure. So, is there a possibility of your pets getting the swine flu? I have my opinion, but I am not going to worry about it at all. Not until there becomes a reported case of a domestic dog or cat getting the virus, and it still would depend on the location and circumstances.
We do not need to get in a panic over our pets, especially when there is no reason to panic over people getting the swine flu in the United States. Although, the media seems to be trying hard to create one. To our readers in Mexico, our hearts are with you, and I heard this morning that cases in your country are subsiding. This is good news.
Do you have pet pigs? You surely want to read the article at http://www.aspca.org/news/national/05-01-09.html#1. You can read the press release from the ASPCA here regarding their stand on whether your pets can get the swine flu (H1N1 virus).
Here are some other resources for you:
From the CDC (Center for Disease Control): http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
From the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association): http://www.avma.org.