Experts say pet owners are putting themselves at risk of contracting the flu after spending thousands of dollars for medications and vaccinations.
Dr. Paul C. Pritchard, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago School of Medicine, told Recode on Wednesday that the government should be stepping in to ensure that pet owners can take steps to protect themselves.
“The question is, can you get a vaccine from the government?” he said.
“It’s a pretty simple question to answer.
The answer is yes.
You can get a flu vaccine.
And the answer is you should.”
Pritchard said pet owners should be making a conscious effort to take the precautions required to keep their pets healthy.
“If you’re an American, the CDC recommends that you vaccinate every dog, cat, ferret and ferret puppy that you own,” he said, explaining that you should get the flu shot before you take your pet to the vet.
“If you have a cat, you should vaccinate her too.
You should vaccate your dogs and cats before you buy a pet.
And so, this is all the information you need to know about getting a flu shot.”Read more