Got the Flu? Disease Expert says it’s Safe to Cuddle with Your Dog

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You can’t catch a cold or flu from your dog – and vice versa – so if snuggling with your dog makes you feel better when you’re sick, feel free. William Schaffner, M.D., professor of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, gives his thumbs up on this natural cure, and we couldn’t be happier!

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You know how good your dog makes you feel when you’re feeling icky, and as long as your pooch makes you feel better, snuggle away. Pets won’t catch or spread human viruses, but you should still cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – that’s just common courtesy!

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“The pet is a comfort, not a hazard,” said Schaffner. “You can’t get a cold or the flu from your dog or cat.” Even if you have a friend dropping off a fresh supply of tissues and they pet your dog or cat before wishing you a speedy recovery, it’s still unlikely they’ll catch your virus that way.

The pesky strain of a cold or flu you’re suffering can only be transmitted by humans. That means you can catch them through close personal contact, like breathing in the air near a contaminated person, or by touching a surface that’s come in contact with the bug (like a door knob).

Go back to bed with a hot water bottle and tuck in with your dog. He’ll make you feel better in no time!

[Source: Science Daily]


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