Flu season is hitting hard this year, and it is essential to take great care of yourself and be mindful of those around you who could be sick. But of course, we will all suffer through it from time to time. One issue that is in question is, can you give the flu to your pets? It was previously thought that it was not possible, but as it turns out, it is a rare but real possibility. It is called “reverse zoonosis,” and research is currently underway at Oregon State University and Iowa State University as Science Daily Explains.
As a pet lover, this information is hard to swallow. Could my furry friend get sick from comforting me when I’m under the weather? But who am I supposed to snuggle with? Now we all feel guilty about letting our pets come as close as they do.
According to This Article On Web MD, if your pet does contract the flu from you, don’t panic. The virus is not deadly to them, but like in humans, the main concern is the compromised immune system that can open them up to other, more serious illnesses, such as pneumonia. If your pet is exibiting sympoms, take them to the vet as soon as possible.
While it is unlikely that your pet will get the flu from you, (I mean, wouldn’t he have gotten it at some point in the past?) it’s probably better not to risk it. When you are at your most vulnerable, try to maintain distance from everyone as much as possible, your snuggle buddy included. They may not understand why you don’t want to lay on the couch with them this time, but it’s worth it if it means they will be just fine and ready to play when you are!