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Pet Owners Warned Of Dog Flu

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some people are worried about their pets getting the flu because so many people are infected.

There is canine influenza, more commonly known as the dog flu, and the symptoms are similar to what humans get. But it’s not the same virus.

The flu is now widespread across the country and so are respiratory infections and colds.

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Victoria Roldan has a cold, as she suffers from a sore throat, ear infection and coughing.

With so many people sick with contagious ailments, many are asking, “Can my pet catch it too?”

“Flu is seen year round in pets,” said Dr. Tony Malone of the Humane Society.

Veterinarians say canine influenza mainly affects dogs and the signs are much like what you see in people.

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Dr. Malone listed “sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, ocular discharge” as some of the signs.

But that’s where the similarity end as the flu cannot be spread between people and pets.

“Dog flu and people flu are not related, it’s not zoonotic, meaning dogs can’t pass the flu to their owners and people can’t pass the flu to their dogs,” Dr. Malone explained.

The strains are different and while human influenza happens during winter months, dog flu that’s spread from pet to pet can happen any time of the year.

There are currently no localized canine outbreaks but some people are worried about seeing flu symptoms in their pets.

“They’re at home and they have more time, so they’re looking at their animals now cause they’re there, paying attention,” Dr. Malone said.

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The best way to keep your dog healthy, just like with people, is to get them vaccinated. There are flu shots for people and their four-legged best friends but made with different formulations.

Dog flu can be spread between animals or in food bowls, which is why veterinarians say pet owners should be careful in places like grooming salons, day care and dog parks.

In terms of human flu, no worries of that making dogs sick — just other people.


Puppy Dog Eyes Really DO Exist….


…to pull at our heartstrings. Canines know how to alter their facial expressions to manipulate human emotions. Researchers from the University of Portsmouth (UK) investigated whether dog’s facial expressions were tailored to attention from people. Dogs really do put on their puppy eyes to pull on our emotional heartstrings, new research has found.


Experts found that pet pooches raise their brows when they are being looked at, making their eyes look bigger, as well as pulling a number of other expressions. Our manipulative four legged friends do not respond with more facial expressions upon seeing tasty food, however. This suggests that they change facial expressions to communicate and not just because they are excited.


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Living in Perfect Harmony!


A parrot with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) who pulled out his own feathers after being caged for years underwent a dramatic transformation when his new owner started singing to calm him.


The parrot, who is named Chicken Man, was left in his cage for ten years and plucked his feathers out due to stress. His new owner, Brenda Jorgensen, now serenades the bird which she discovered Chicken Man enjoys after he ‘lunged and screamed’ at Brenda. The song immediately calmed him down and allowed him to connect with his new owner.


Brenda and Chicken Man now share an incredible bond and spend their days singing and dancing.



The Amazing Chinese Homing Cat


In an astonishing feat of endurance and survival, a cat from Beijing walked for 40 days covering over 100 kilometres to be reunited with his former owner, The Beijing Times reports.


The three year old cat was given to a close friend because his owner couldn’t cope with his ‘personal habits’, but after seeing how determined he was to get back to her she has decided to accept that he’s probably home to stay.


We can only imagine what this amazing feline endured during the mammoth journey from Changping district of China to the country’s capital Beijing. The audacious kitty lost an amazing 2kg from his body weight, weighing just 500g when he arrived back home – maybe he survived by catching a homing pigeon?



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Cat got your tongue? Not in this case!


This adorable canine has been entered into the Guinness World Record books for setting the record for longest tongue measuring 7.31 inches!


Mochi found her forever home when she was two years old, through Big Dogs Huge Paws breed rescue organization. Owner Carla Rickert drove 11 hours with her daughter to meet Mochi before adopting her.


When meal time comes around, Mo’s long tongue proves to be very effective. It enables her to eat quickly and sometimes causes her to fling food up to two or four feet across a room! Treats also have to be given to Mochi in a particular manner as she cannot grab onto them the same way other dogs do. Additional obstacles she faces as a result of her long tongue include breathing challenges, extra slobber when she’s nervous, dirt, dust and leaves sticking to her tongue and needing help to pick things up off the floor.


On Mochi’s achievement, Carla said: “It still does not seem real! Mochi is so humble, she never brags or boasts but I know that she is as proud of her new record as we are. It feels truly amazing to be a part of the Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals book! We are so grateful for the opportunity to make other’s smile.”


Dogs have human-like sense of morality, research shows

Humans and dogs have lived side-by-side for centuries, and new research has given us even more insight into the feelings of man’s best friend. Researchers at Kyoto University’s department of psychology in Japan have worked out that dogs have an almost human-like sense of morality. During a series of experiments, they found that our canine chums were less likely to interact with anyone they perceive as acting rudely or unfairly.


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Dogs know what you’re saying, study suggests

Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying.


Restaurant Adds Canine Menu

Restaurant Adds Canine Menu

Dogs sniffing hopefully at cafe tables are a common sight the world over-but in Sweden, one restaurant chain is serving up a dedicated menu for canines, complete with imitation beer. Man’s best friend can now sup on cod or organic beef at Avenyfamiljen in the western city of Gothenburg, with non-alcoholic “dog beer”, made from beef stock, set to be added to the menu.


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