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Keep Your Animal Companions Safe From the Flu!

As if the H1N1 flu (aka “swine flu”) weren’t evil enough, it now turns out that if you get sick with the flu, you could pass it along to your animal companions.

A cat in Iowa recently made the news after testing positive for H1N1—the first time a cat has been diagnosed with the virus. Two of the cat’s three human companions had been sick with the flu before the kitty started showing symptoms.

So what can you do to avoid infecting Max and Mittens if you’re feeling ill? Basically, use the same precautions you would take to prevent spreading your germs to any family member. In case you need a refresher, here are some tips:

• Don’t cough or sneeze on your animals—cover your mouth with a tissue or the crook of your arm.

• Wash your hands frequently.

• Don’t share eating utensils with your animals (e.g., no letting Lulu lap up the rest of your veggie soup until you’re healthy again).

• Limit contact with your animal companions (e.g., hold off on the doggy kisses), but be sure not to ignore or neglect them. Enlist a healthy friend or family member, if necessary, to play with, walk, and cuddle your animals for a few days until you’re no longer contagious.

• Closely monitor your animal companions’ health. If they show any signs of the flu—such as lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, runny nose and/or eyes, sneezing, coughing, or changes in breathing—get them to the vet, pronto.

• For more tips on protecting your animal companions from H1N1, visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s site.

Of course, the most effective way to protect your loved ones from H1N1 is to avoid getting the virus in the first place. My advice? Fight back against the cruel factory farming industry, which breeds H1N1 and other diseases, by going vegan!

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  • nirmala says:

    this is so useful things for us.

  • Abby Grigg says:

    Thank you for putting this warning up. I had no clue that animals could get the H1N1 flu, I am know aware and have a safe and happy aniaml companion.

  • Albert Rhines says:

    I And My Son Got The Vac.But My Wife Has Not,Im Worried She Has Bad Lungs,Her Lungs Has Collasped Several Times In The Past.Told This Affects The Lungs.Should My Wife Get The Shot Or Not?? Some Say Yes,But Some Say The Shot Could Kill Her??

  • nicole says:

    it should be noted that animals may be able to contract h1n1 from humans but it cannot be proven that they get sick with any other human illness, including colds or the regular flu. they will show similar symptoms but are affected by a different virus. and yes, be sure to take care of your babies!

  • blakmira says:

    I love you, PETA, but this is really disinformation when it comes to the “H1N1 swine flu” virus. It’s a deliberately genetically engineered virus created in a lab, consisting of contaminated human, pig and bird blood.

    The only real carriers of this virus are people that have taken the live virus FluMist. They will be spreading the virus for 3 weeks. Even those who take the killed-virus vaccination (if they survive its toxic side effects) can spread the disease.

    Since the CDC has been accused of not even keeping track of cases, I have my doubts about anyone (human or animal) being legitimately diagnosed with this particular supposedly-deadly strain of flu. It’s also not being reported properly that the people becoming ill or dying is because they’ve actually taken the vaccine.

    This little bit of “news” could very possibly be just another way Big Pharma is now going to try to enforce mandatory “swine flu” vaccinations on all pets.

    Bottom line — being vegan is great but you really need to link this virus where it belongs — to the Big Pharma/biotech vivisection industry. And for God’s sake, don’t take the toxic vaccination!!!

  • Rhonda Keen says:

    Please keep your animals safe.

  • Sheila G says:

    Ferrets are more susceptible to the flu than other pets. They are actually considered the ‘animal model’ for human influenza and used for testing vaccines.