A new fear about Swine Flu

@ElicBxn (60884)
United States
November 11, 2009 8:31am CST
The H1N1 virus has struck a pet cat in a household where the people had the bug... http://halopets.com/pet-education/pet-articles/swine-flu-in-cats.html So, if you and your family have H1N1, try to make sure you don't give it to the family pet by practicing safe handling to it. Happily the cat is alright, but you don't want to be sick yourself and having to take your beloved pet to the vet...
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@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
11 Nov 09
From what I remember when the swine flu first hit was that it could not be transmitted to animals. It seems that our "experts" are again wrong. Its good that the cat is okay. Its hard to see a sick pet because unlike humans, they cannot really talk and tell you things like, "my tummy hurts" or that they're thirsty. I guess when someone in the family is sick with swine flu, its better to keep humans and pets at a safe distance.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
11 Nov 09
hand washing is as effective a way to keep it from spreading to the pet as it is to a person
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
actually, it developed in the pig population - just as other flues are first spotted in bird or swine populations in parts of Asia. It obviously mutated probably in Mexico - not common, but happens... Viruses are there, all the time in certain populations of animals, but then it mutates, jumps into the human population and is more swiftly spread these days - because of swift transportation. The flu in 1917-18 killed many because of the effects of, among other things - WWI.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
12 Nov 09
[b]Argh...boy. (Smacks self hard on forehead) (Ow....) "Brain? What brain?? We don' neeeeed no stinkin' brain!" (Combo movie/TV show catch-phrase alert...) Of course the frikkin' virus can transfer from species to species; I guess the PC term H1N1 made me forget...there's a reason it was originally called "Swine Flu!" Duh-huh...she needs sleep, she does! Hokay I go bed now bye. Maggiepie "IMPEACH THE IMPOSTER!"[/b]
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• United States
11 Nov 09
Wow, I sort of new you could pass it on but not to animals. That is good information right there I will keep that in mind when and if one my family members gets it. Which I hope no one does case the H1n1 isn't a fun illness to recieve. Great discussion Hae a great day.
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
11 Nov 09
ooops read again it says ISN'T a fun illness to receive...
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@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
11 Nov 09
Sorry Maggie I just caught on to what you said after I posted the Ooops. Sometimes I miss the hidden implies. I don't think there is any "fun" illnesses.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I did post it to give people a head's up on this. Kowgirl - you take the humor you can find where you can find it - I got a lot of mileage from my surgery last year
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Since I'm not a fan of the news, I didn't know this. Thanks for the info. We are all healthy in that respect and our cats pretty much only have contact with us so I feel they are safe from getting it. Swine Flu shots were given out in '77? I didn't know that! Wonder if my mom had me get it then. I was 8 at the time sooo...
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I was 23 at the time, so you know I remember it well. Maggiepie and I were living at the time in Denton Tx, only time I lived outside of Austin in memory (pre-memory I lived in NJ.) Chances are good that you did - since, at least here, they were pushing EVERYONE to get it because it was so closely related to the flu that killed so many in 1917 & 1918
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
You said: "lmao @ Maggie Sounds like you have some fun dogs around there." Those are stories that go back to the early/mid-1980's
• United States
12 Nov 09
hmmmmmmmmmm......now you got me thinking, Elic. Around that time, I vividly recall getting really sick and having a high fever.. 107 to be exact. Spent 2 wks. in the hospital and a month total out of school. I remember feeling like crappy crap during it all. I'm going to have to ask my mom about it next time I talk to her. I know the last time I recall have a flu shot, I spent several days in the hospital cause of it.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
11 Nov 09
[b]Yeeps! Holy cow! Didn't dream that was coming! Usually cats' systems are so unlike humans' that there's not a lot of chance of cross-contagion, though I do know of some exceptions. Still, this never occurred to me, & now I have to worry about Minnie going outside for yet another danger! Sigh...& she's not getting enough stimulation or exercise as it is! What to do...? Maggiepie "IMPEACH THE IMPOSTER!"[/b]
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I think Minnie would have to be in close contact with someone with the flu before she'd get it, so I think she's pretty safe since the only people she has CLOSE contact with are the 2 of us.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
12 Nov 09
[b]Well, true, I don't get out much, but you do. And the nature of such illnesses is that you're contagious before you realize you're sick. I'm just sayin'... Maggiepie "IMPEACH THE IMPOSTER!"[/b]
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
People our age aren't catching it, the med community thinks its because of those flu shots we got back in Denton
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• United States
12 Nov 09
The H1N1 is in very short supply for humans where I live, and I am not even sure if there is a vaccination for cats around here. I mean, if there isn't enough of the vaccine for people, how would can there be enough for cats or other animals?
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I'm not suggesting you get the H1N1 vaccine for your cat, just that you practice sensible hand washing and the like if you or a family member gets sick.
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• Canada
12 Nov 09
I wish I could send you all the emails and videos I have been exposed to on the h1n1 virus. Please don't let them scare you into getting the vaccine for yourself or your pets. Just keep your immune system strong, take vitamins and herbal remedies, gargle with salt water or listerine everyday, keep your nostrils clean by flushing with warm salt water, drink lots of warm fluids. The vaccine is actually killing or disabling some people. There is mercury and other dangerous chemicals going into your system. Please do your research outside of the regular media outlets and look at what is happening to people across the globe. It is not good. Your pets will be fine, just make sure you take care of yourself.
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• United States
12 Nov 09
Oh, I wash my hands, but I also go to a university and I am exposed to germs on a daily basis.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
11 Nov 09
I have heard about this also. I also heard that some dogs have got the H1N1 from chewing on pig ears that you buy from the store also. I am not sure if that is a fact though. We all must stay safe.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
11 Nov 09
the cooking the pigs ears would kill the virus - besides, the article said pigs, 2 ferrets and a cat - no dogs
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
11 Nov 09
Now that's just weird, 'cause as we both know, [b]dogs will eat a n y t h i n g--including what comes in cat litter boxes! And I'm sure you recall that neighbor's dog that ate a ladder & part of our mutual porch door, & the one that ate our back yard tree! Maggiepie "IMPEACH THE IMPOSTER!"[/b]
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• United States
12 Nov 09
lmao @ Maggie Sounds like you have some fun dogs around there.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
11 Nov 09
This concerns me a bit because I think I have the swine flu right now. Both of my dogs have been sick, one yesterday and one this morning, but they're fine now. However, I do have two cats (only one of which I actually touch; the other is really MEAN!). I don't know for sure if I have it but I do have the symptoms of H1N1 from what I've read. It's not that bad, at least for me it isn't, but my chest does feel like an elephant is sitting on it and I have a fairly bad congestion in my chest. So, thinking I might have it now concerns me about passing it on to my cats or dogs. I know that I would not like to have to go out right now and take one of my pets to the vet's!
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Sorry to hear you are sick. If your pet has it, it will show the same symptoms, so a vomiting dog or cat who isn't congested probably doesn't have it. Just be sure to keep tissues away from the dogs if they eat them and wash your hands frequently.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
12 Nov 09
It's funny you should mention tissues because my dogs LOVE to get ahold of them and rip them to shreds. But, because they love that so much, I've learned to keep them far out of their reach. They were vomiting but are now just fine, back to eating 'Mommy's home-made peanut butter treats'. They LOVE them. I know that, if they refuse to eat them, I should head to the vet's right away but they're eagerly accepting them when I offer them. So, all is well. My chest feels a bit lighter today, thank goodness! I'm just glad that we don't have to do any talking here because I'd be pretty silent. I've developed laryngitis and sound so funny!
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@trisha27 (3498)
• United States
11 Dec 09
Wow, I never thought the H1N1 could be passed on to animals. Well this is good to know. I think that you should always be careful even when your animal is sick, just in case, you never know.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Dec 09
I kindda doubt my cats will catch it since, so far, we've managed to avoid it!
@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
11 Dec 09
I'm getting my shots on Monday. Sunday I'm busy, so I can't. I don't want to even risk my pets getting sick.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Dec 09
I'm not around too many people - and most of them are either elderly or work where my mom lives I am mostly either at my home, my mom's place or my clients - I don't like crowds, and the worst places for me are stores. I haven't had the H1N1 shot, and I'm not going to get it, I have, however, had my flu shot
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
12 Nov 09
Swine Flu - The H1N1 is spreading all over the world and more and more people die of such a serious disease. I think we should take some necessary measure to prevent it spreading.
Thanks fot your tips. About several days ago, on myLot, there were some friends who held the idea that H1N1 was just a big scam. But now, it is obvious that the situation is getting worse: The H1N1 is spreading all over the world and more and more people die of such a serious disease. As you have said above, we should be careful with our pets and will have to keep away with these lovely pets. Thanks for your advice again. Happy myLotting!
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Living here in Texas, when it first showed up it was in Mexico, we never thought it was a hoax Its been here since spring, even killed a child up in Williamson County this week.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Nov 09
Poor kitty--yeah I heard about this about this cat being the first case of a pet catching the bug since it's owners had the H1N1 bug--I think I've heard dogs are prone to the flu to and recommending they get flu shots.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I haven't heard of any shots for dogs yet - heck, we hardly have enough H1N1 vaccine for the humans (not that I'm going to get it.)
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
11 Nov 09
I talked to my doctor and he said it wasn't unusual for animals such as cats and dogs to pick up diseases from humans. We forget that they live with us and breath the same air and share the same living quarters. Our vet says their immune system is much like our own so they can get and transfer different diseases. Guess the people who have this flu should be more careful so as not to spread it to other humans and animals.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I think if you are in close contact with your pets - like I am - you might give them something, but if you practice normal handwashing and stuff, you shouldn't be giving it to your pets
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
11 Nov 09
I heard about this. It seems like the virus is mutating already. It scares me because I have lots of pets and now not only do I have to worry about getting it from other humans but from animals, too.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Nov 09
So far, the animals have caught it from the people, not the other way around, so I don't think you need to worry about catching it from your pets I have a lot of pets, but since they don't go out, the ONLY way they will get it is if I, or one of my roommates, get it.
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
11 Dec 09
I would do what ever it takes to prevent me and my family from getting sick. this includes the pets as well. but it is good to knwo that eveeryone is allright.
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I have heard about this. I wondered about it when i heard of peoples dogs getting sick but it was never confirmed that the dogs had the H1N1. Well, think if it came from and animal to begin with why cant an animal get it. Obviously they can and do.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
12 Nov 09
Oh goodness I can't believe it, I always thought they would not be able to get our Illnesses as such I am glad that the Cat is ok though
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Nov 09
Well I’ll be...I did not know this! I am thankful you shared this information because one of my cats is quite sick already with IBD and all he needs is to catch swine flu! We have all been careful in our family and I will remind everyone to take care with the pets too. I am relieved to hear that the cat that caught the virus is recovering along with his family.
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@EbonyFire (146)
• Canada
11 Nov 09
Here is some good Swine Flu Prevention information that I received. I cannot copy and paste it here unfortunately so check it out at www.tasteoftheweb.com/great-tips-to-prevent-swine-flu. It talks about cleaning your nostrils and gargling with salt.
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@BarBaraPrz (20088)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Nov 09
Yes, I saw that. Hopefully, there won't be another case.
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@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
11 Nov 09
Very good advice, no doubt about it. cdrxo