Worried about the Swine Flu?
From: Dr Andrew Jones
Author: Veterinary Secrets Revealed
Re: Worried about the Swine Flu?
Hi fellow readers – it’s getting closer to Halloween – and are my children EVER excited…
Can you do ANYTHING to keep your pet healthy?
Or is it just a matter of LUCK?
Well surprise – there are MANY things that you can be doing now.
Here is a GREAT way to start- you’ll get access to ALL of my Disease Prevention and Healing Techniques for less than $10:
The Swine Flu…
Here in Canada we’ve been BOMBARDED with over the top media coverage of 2 young people dying.
And now the Vaccine PUSH has begun with a frenzy.
The SINGLE biggest problem is that there is NO data to support that the vaccine is effective. It may NOT even work.
And along with it there may be serious side effects – by injecting along an adjuvant, and causing your immune system to react inappropriately.
I WON’T be getting the vaccine, NOR will my family.
Swine Flu and Pets
Here is some specific info from the AVMA website:
Q: What is swine flu?
A: Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. The “classical” swine flu virus (an influenza type A H1N1 virus) was first isolated from a pig in 1930. Swine flu viruses cause illness in pigs, but the death rates are low. This new virus, although it is being called “swine flu,” is not the same virus.
Q:Did this flu come from pigs? Can I catch it from pigs?
A:At this time, we don’t know exactly where the virus came from.
Although this new influenza is being called “swine flu,” it is being spread mainly from person to person. None of the U.S. cases had contact with pigs.
On May 2, 2009 Canadian authorities announced 2009 H1N1 infection in a herd of pigs in Alberta. Exactly how the pigs became infected is not known at this time – initial reports indicated the pigs were infected by a farm worker who had recently traveled to Mexico, but this was proven wrong when blood tests on the worker showed he had never been exposed to the 2009 H1N1 virus. For updates, go to the CFIA’s Web site. The virus has also been detected in several swine herds in Manitoba and in a swine herd in Northern Ireland.
There have been two confirmed cases of swine-to-human transmission of the 2009 H1N1 virus. Two Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors became ill with the 2009 H1N1 virus while investigating an outbreak of the virus on a swine farm in Alberta in late April 2009.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization (WHO), and other health agencies worldwide continue to monitor the pandemic.
Q: Can this flu infect birds? Can I get it from birds?
A:Yes, it apparently can infect birds. In August 2009, authorities in Chile reported 2009 H1N1 influenza in two turkey farms near Valparaiso. In October 2009, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed 2009 H1N1 in a turkey flock in Ontario, Canada. It is not yet known if infected birds can pass the 2009 H1N1 virus to humans.
Q:Can my pet get the 2009 H1N1 virus?
A:To date, there is no evidence that cats or dogs are susceptible to this new strain of influenza; it appears to be transmitted only from person to person or from human to swine. On October 9, 2009, a USDA laboratory confirmed 2009/H1N1 infection in a ferret. The ferret’s owner had previously been ill. At this time, there are no reports of 2009/H1N1 flu being transmitted from a ferret to a person.
The best advice is to always follow common sense guidelines when dealing with animals (eg, washing your hands). In addition, it’s more important than ever that pet owners keep a good eye on their pet’s health and consult a veterinarian if their pet is showing any signs of illness. Keeping your pets healthy reduces their risk of becoming ill.
Q:Can my pot-bellied pig get the 2009 H1N1 virus and give it to me?
A:To date, the 2009 H1N1 virus has not been reported in pot-bellied pigs. However, the possibility of human-to-pig transmission of the virus warrants extra caution by pig owners. After all, pot-bellied pigs are considered swine, and therefore may be susceptible to the virus. For the time being, a cautious approach would include all contact between your pig and anyone who is ill or has recently been exposed to an ill person. Remember that pot-bellied pigs can become ill from a number of causes, and keeping your pig healthy and free of disease helps protect your pig as well as you. If you have a pet pig and it appears ill, consult a veterinarian immediately.
Q: What about Ferrets?
A: On October 8, 2009, Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory presumptively diagnosed pandemic influenza H1N1 by PCR from the nasal secretions of a ferret.
Ferrets can contract the typical Human Flu viruses.
This ONE ferret that tested positive has recovered.
P.S. The POINT of vaccines are to PREVENT disease – not cause them.
So what can you do to keep your pet healthy?
- Excellent nutrition: feeding home diets and raw food , and/or a top quality commercial food
- Regular exercise
- Providing quality health supplements (hint: try Dr. Jones’ Ultimate Canine Health Formula at www.thedogsupplement.com!)
- Avoiding conventional medication that causes side effects
- Using natural alternatives when possible
- Continued questioning of conventional practices
- A commitment by you as a concerned pet owner to be as empowered as possible
Get all the natural remedies here:
Heal Your Pet At Home!
Dr Andrew Jones, DVM