Mind and Body

How to protect your pet from the flu

Destination Health: Dr. Manny gives some tips to keep your furry friends flu-free this season


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.’