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Pet Health

How to protect your pet from the flu

The FDA estimates that thousands of dogs in the U.S. have become sick in the past six years after eating pet jerky from China.

Believe it or not, your pet can get the flu – just like you.

And, it turns out – it’s pretty common.

One recent study in Ohio found 30 percent of cats had been infected with the flu virus. The symptoms are the same as the ones humans face: breathing difficulty, runny nose and fatigue.

Often, pets catch the flu from their owners.

Here’s what you can do to reduce Fluffy and Fido’s chances of getting sick:
• Wash your hands
• Cover your mouth when coughing
• Update your pet’s vaccines
• Get a flu shot

Pets can also get viruses from other animals, so keep an eye on your best friend’s ‘friends.’