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Precautions for swine flu

I’ve had the TV on today while I was working and it’s been a little alarming (not to mention repetitive).  A lot of news stories about swine flu.


I know it may be hard to believe that something like the flu can be so serious but I take it seriously.  My mom got the flu when she was pregnant with my baby brother.  She was deathly ill and he was born two months prematurely.  He almost died.  I don’t remember what flu epidemic that was — I was six years old — but I do know that flu can sweep the country.


I’ve heard a few people ask if swine flu can affect cats and dogs.  From checking the Centers for Disease Control web site and other places online, it looks like the answer is no.  Swine flu is transmitted by pigs to pigs, and from pigs to humans.  Humans can transmit to each other.  This particular strain seems to have a mix of swine, avian (bird) and human DNA.  It should not be able to affect cats and dogs.  They should not catch swine flu or be able to transmit it.  Of course, if you have a pot-bellied pig as a pet you will need to take special precautions.  The CDC says that this strain of swine flu is not currently found among swine in the U.S. so you should isolate your pet pig to make sure that he/she does not contract the virus or spread it.


There are some precautions you can take to stay healthy:


What You Can Do to Stay Healthy

There are everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

If you get sick, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.


We have had flu epidemics in the United States previously.  Take these precautions seriously.


It’s a good idea to plan ahead for your pet.  If many people in your community become sick you may not want to run out to buy dog food.  Buy some extra dog food now so you will have it on hand.  If your dog needs medicine from the vet, vitamins or other supplements, go ahead and get them.


In case you get sick yourself, consider who you might ask to come in and feed your pets (and check on you!), especially if you were to be confined to bed for several days.  If you have family and close friends nearby you’re in good shape.  If not, make a pact with someone to check on each other.


You may want to stock up on a few videos or DVDs, too, and some snacks.  If you do have people with swine flu in your city or town then the night life may drastically slow down.


Most likely you and your pets will be just fine but it’s always a good idea to be prepared.  Swine flu should be taken seriously.  Follow these simple precautions and you and your pets should be fine.

April 27, 2009 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | ,

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