Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sashy's Health News

Hello to all of my pals. I found this article, well Mommy did actually from the ASPCA and we thought you might find it interesting. I can't stand to think of any of my friends getting sick, but especially to get the piggy sickness. I don't even want to know what would happen. There is a line that Mommy bigified. It says that humans can give it to pigs! Isn't that crazy, I thought they were giving it to us. It turns out we shouldn't be blaming our piggy friends(if you have any) cause it turns out they didn't really make us sick. I hope you all stay healthy.

"1. Can Cats and Dogs Catch Swine Flu?

Pet parents of dogs and cats can relax for now, say ASPCA veterinarians. While the 2009 H1N1 virus—a faster moving and possibly more debilitating strain of influenza than the typical seasonal flu—has become an international concern, the virus, referred to as swine flu when first identified, appears to present little risk of infecting dogs and cats. However, viruses can mutate quickly and taking important preventative measures remains essential.
“Many species can become infected with influenza viruses, but the current 2009 H1N1 virus, which is a mixture of genetic material from different species, has not been identified in animal populations in the United States to date,” says Dr. Miranda Spindel, Director of ASPCA Veterinary Outreach. “These viruses are notoriously unpredictable, though, and it is important that we remain vigilant.”
In terms of other animals who are susceptible, Dr. Spindel warns that influenza or flu viruses are occasionally transmitted from people to pigs, and the 2009 H1N1 virus has also been identified in turkeys. Pet parents of Vietnamese Potbellies, African Pygmies and other pet pigs should monitor their animals' health closely, notify their veterinarian of any signs of illness and speak to their veterinarian about influenza type A vaccines. And ferrets are susceptible to most human flu viruses, so pet parents should take extra care to prevent exposure of pet ferrets to people or other ferrets with flu symptoms.
Meanwhile, flu season is upon us and pet parents should take common-sense preventative measures to keep their dogs and cats healthy:
If your dog is exhibiting flu-like symptoms, including coughing, nasal discharge or fever (normal dog and cat temperature is 101 to 102.5 degrees), play it safe and avoid taking him to places like dog parks, where he can pass on germs or come into contact with unvaccinated or sick dogs.
Avoid letting your cat roam freely outside.
If your dog comes into frequent contact with other dogs or is kept in a kennel, the ASPCA recommends that you discuss with your veterinarian whether vaccination against canine influenza may be appropriate. Note: canine influenza and H1N1 are not the same virus.
Talk to your vet about what flu vaccines are currently available, and be sure all your pets get vaccinated!
Don't let your pet share water bowls, food dishes or toys with other animals.
Make sure your pet is eating, drinking and playing as he normally does each day. If you notice your pet behaving unusually, or if he has flu-like symptoms, check in with your veterinarian immediately.

licks and sniffs, Sasha


SquirrelQueen said...

Hi Sasha,
You find very smart stuff, my mom just read all of the information. She says this is why I only go outside when she is with me and why we visit the vet(not fun but ok).
Miss Cindi Lou

Martha said...

Hi Sasha
thanks for the info - we will make sure our mum reads it and looks after us.
Have a nice day
Martha & Bailey xxx

Cocorue said...

thanks for sharing the info...will ensure mumster reads it really carefully and thanks again


Al said...

Hi Sasha, we were not allowed to walk during the scary days. Swine flu has become so rampant but even if they say it's curable it is better to be cautious, or Oreo and I can't play all day.


Historical sites with charmine said...

Well Sasha,aren't you the smart one,thanks for all the info.....no pets here ,guess I'll just stay safe.Oh! my mom who lives far away has a new pup,he was crying in the rain when she found him.Can't wait to go see him,I heard he's a plump little fella and very cute.You take care Sasha.

Sasha said...

Oh Sasha - poor piggies, getting sick from humans!

Puppy kisses

Dexter said...

Thanks for that info on the piggie flu. Maybe that's why pee-wee doesn't like to drink out of the water bowl after me (couldn't be the slobbers and debris I leave, right?).


We love Luna said...

Great information, many thanks!

Maxmom said...

Hey there, Sasha
Thanks for the info...

the magic sleigh said...

Wooos Sasha! Thanks for sharing this info, makes Mom feel better fro not taking us to the dog park. we might get sick!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

Unknown said...

Thanks so much Sasha! This is one time I am so glad my little guy does not like being around other dogs. I sure don't want him getting any flu!

Scout and Freyja said...

Those are some furry good hints an' lots of dem could be used fur the 'beans, too, cuz they shouldn't be eatin' outta' strange bowls, eithers. Have your momma come by an' grab our recipe for Halloweenie treats - those will be good fur you's and keep those pigs away from you's door, too☺


No wonder we haven't seen Miss. Piggy lately. She doesn't want to be around hoomans! Now, me and Star are wearing masks!

Not that mommy is sick, but her face is blinding us! It looks like a Picasso painting right now!

Thanks for this very interesting post.

Luv ya Sasha,
Riley and Star.

koko said...

Hi Sasha,

Thanks for the health alert... precaution is always better than cure, right!

Licks, hero

Unknown said...

AW, I know you found it :)


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Tank Woo fur the PSA!

Woo are khwite the infurmative khanine!


Sierra Rose said...

Yikes!!! Thanks for the update on all this nasty piggie flu. We'll be careful over here....no piggy pals.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Thanks so much for all of that great advice. Bilbo and I eat out of separate dishes 'cause I am a growing girl and would need to eat ALL the food if it was in MY dish. Now Mama is thinking since Bilbo is more fragile...maybe we should drink from separate bowls...Hhhhmmmmmm

Love Smileys!

doyle and mollie said...

thanks sascha that is furry helpful!

TC said...

Mama says the piggy flu is bad here, she goes very few places and grocery shops early in the day so not many people are out and hopefully everything is a little cleaner. I like it too because I'm having my morning nap.
There is a dog flu, but it's not as common as the h1n1 is now mama says.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

thanks for that.. We will keep a close watch on each other...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

Our Mom has the flu now and we hope she keeps it (instead of giving it to us)

Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Molly the Airedale said...

What great information, Sasha! Thank you for posting it.

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

JacksDad said...

Thank you for sharing this information with us! I hadn't heard about this.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Thanks for sharing that information, Sasha. Mom says there has been a lot on the news lately about a canine virus going around. Always good to be careful.

Woos, the OP Pack

Oakley and Swisher said...

Great post, thanks for the info.

Lots of Licks--
Oak and Swish

Tweedles -- that's me said...

thank you sashy for the health news update. we wii be sure to beees careful. you be careful too.

ocmist said...

Great info and I've been thinking about looking this up so now I won't have to. We also have West Nile around here which is a problem for people and horses, but not for dogs or cats.

Thanks for sharing with all of your fur-friends and their people!

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