Pets Won’t Catch Human Cold Or Flu | Dogalize
Be safe to cuddle with pets while you are home with cold or flu, pets won’t catch or spread human viruses and, likewise, you can’t get a cold or the flu from your dog or cat.
Professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, William Schaffner, says that the true hazard in catching a virus comes from fellow two-legged creatures. "Flu is transmitted person-to-person through close personal contact. If you get within my breathing zone, within three feet, I can transfer the influenza virus to you. I breathe it out, you breathe it in, and you can be infected," Schaffner said.
Colds and flu can also be transmitted by hand - handshaking extroverts take note - or via some surfaces, such as when a sick person touches a doorknob, for example, and somebody else touches the same surface, and then touches his or her face.
People and their pets have this in common: the best way to avoid getting sick is to be immunized - with pets it's their annual vaccinations, and with people it's a flu shot.
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