A ferret in Oregon has tested positive for the h1n1 virus after apparently getting the virus from his owner. Ferrets can also contract the seasonal flu from owners so it is not surprising that they can contract the swine flu. The ferret is recovering from his respiratory symptoms and as of now no one has caught the swine flu from the ferret. Ferret owners should take care not to expose their pets to the virus, should they be diagnosed with h1n1 or be showing flu like symptoms.
Birds can also contract flu illnesses from their owners but as of now, no bird has been known to contract h1n1.