Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can My Dog Give Me the Flu?

Monday, 05 Nov 2012 03:24 PM


Question: A friend of mine says that people can catch some strains of flu from their dogs. Is this true?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

The influenza strains that affect us are generally species-specific, but bird and swine flu can evolve to infect humans. Canine influenza is typically not transmitted to us, but we are able to transmit our flu to dogs. On occasion, cats may also carry an influenza virus without having any symptoms. While it would be wise to keep Fido clear of household influenza virus exposure, I would not count the family dog as a likely source of the flu.



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