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Thread: Can Pets Catch Colds/Flu From Humans?

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    Can Pets Catch Colds/Flu From Humans?

    I have alway wondered if people can pass on their
    colds to their pets. I know Ferrets can catch human viruses,
    but what about cats & dogs? I have had a very bad case of
    Flu with coughing & sneezing, etc. for two days now & I'm trying not to interact too much with Smokey or the Kitties & wash my hands a lot. Does anyone know for sure if I could make them sick by being around them? Thanks, Liz.
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    I know with rats, you can't.
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    Oh Liz, you too?? I have been battling this for 6 days now, and I truly feel your pain!! Hope you get better soon!!

    I'm sorry I can't answer your question, but I want to know the answer too!! Someone suggested to me that their yearly shots should/would protect them, and I sure hope it does. I would feel horrible if I made them ill!!

    Again, feel better soon!!!!

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    there are a few things you can catch from animals like rabies, however most things are not transferable

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    My bio teacher told us that flus and such aren't transferable from humans to dogs...*but I don't have any links or anything to support that*

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    as far as I know uman colds and flues can only transfer to guinea pigs, because they are a lot like people, they are the only animal besodes people that cannot manufacture there own vit.C there is a reason guinea pigs are used in medical sciance, they are so much like people that yes a cold and flue CAN transfer to them.
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    I have had the flu since late Thursday night thats why Im home now with my sister (Tweety_Pie).. Im trying to keep away from Rex incase I have germs on my fingers from coughing and sneezing so I get my brother to feed him.
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    Can humans catch colds from their PETS??

    Poor Grasshopper has a bad case of sneezes and coughs, so I finally took her to the vet today. She's got a virus, but since she's old (17) they gave her antibiotics, too. After being away for two weeks, and her being in a Pet HOtel (very nice place) I figured she just was readjusting, and Dad and I held her while she slept with (and sneezed all over) us last night.

    Now I'm wondering if I'll catch HER cold - ?
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    hamsters CAN catch the common cold from humans.
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    Originally posted by cali
    as far as I know uman colds and flues can only transfer to guinea pigs, because they are a lot like people, they are the only animal besodes people that cannot manufacture there own vit.C there is a reason guinea pigs are used in medical sciance, they are so much like people that yes a cold and flue CAN transfer to them.
    Most apes can't produce vitamin C either.
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    I know that ratties can catch Strep throat from humans, but I don't think dogs and cats can catch the flu. I spent a lot of time cuddled up to Star when I was sick last week, and she's nice and healthy!

    Thank you Wolf_Q!

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    Originally posted by WolfChan
    I know that ratties can catch Strep throat from humans
    Actually that's a common misconception. The bacteria that rats get is very similar to peoples, it even starts with streptococcus (sp?) but the second word is different, I can't remember what it is.
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