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Two new reports came out yesterday that suggested we might want to keep our distance from our dogs. One said that we humans can transmit the human flu to our dogs. By the way, the report said we can pass it onto cats as well. But one thing some dogs owners might want to do when they're sick is to pet their dog or even snuggle with them when they're(the human) not feeling well. But a veterinarian told Fox News yesterday that it's probably best to quarantine yourself from your pets when you're sick.
Another report came out that said dogs can pass on the germs that promote tooth decay and periodontal disease in humans. There go the doggy kisses.
Come on dog owners, admit it, you let your dog lick you in the face don't you? No? Am I the only one? But now that I've heard this report as well, looks like Gabby(my Toy Rat Terrier) will have to keep her distance. She's going to think I don't like her anymore. But now that I know more about the potential, I think I might have to change my ways. Maybe I can teach Gabby to throw kisses across the room. What am I thinking? She won't even chase a ball unless she knows there's something in it for her if she does.
The good news about the flu story is that they can give the flu back to you or any other human, but I'd feel bad if I knew I'd given my dog or cats the flu. Not only that, it would be the added expense of making a trip to the vet.