Are Pets Safe from the Swine Flu?

May 3, 2009

in Cats

Many people have been asking if their pets are safe, as the so called “swine” flu virus spreads through the country.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) issued a statement which said that the virus, which by all accounts originated in Mexico, “appears to present a low risk of infecting cats and dogs.” The American Veterinary Medical Association also indicated that “there is no evidence that pets are susceptible to this new strain of influenza.”

Even though there is no evidence at this time demonstrating any risk of dogs and cats contracting the virus, owners of pet pigs, as well as pig farmers have been cautioned to watch their animals more closely during this outbreak. Precautions to limit transmission from humans to pigs and vice versa are recommended.

The ASPCA advocates keeping pet pigs and swine on farms isolated the public. Also, Influenza type A vaccines are readily available and suggested for healthy swine — something you owners of Vietnamese Potbellies, African Pygmies and other pet pigs should talk to your veterinarian about.

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians recommends keeping any unnecessary personnel out of swine production units, and for people to avoid any contact with pigs that is not necessary. If your pet pig appears to be unwell, they recommend that you call your veterinarian.

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