Can Pets be Infected with the Swine Flu?

May 9, 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 ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) indicates that the virus, which most think originated in Mexico, “appears to present a low risk of infecting cats and dogs.” The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that “there is no evidence that pets are susceptible to this new strain of influenza.”

While there is no indication at this time that there is any possible risk of dogs and cats contracting the virus, people who own pet pigs, and pig farmers are being told to monitor their animals more closely for any health related problems. Steps to limit transmission from humans to pigs and vice versa should be taken.

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 advises that unnecessary visitors should not be allowed into swine production units, and for people to avoid any contact with pigs that is not required. If your pet pig shows signs of being unwell, call your veterinarian.

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