10/26/2011 08:22 am ET | Updated Dec 26, 2011

Can You Give Your Pet The Flu?

Snuggling up to your pet when you're sick can be as comforting as a bowl of chicken noodle soup -- but is there a chance you can get your pet sick, too?

It could happen, says Michael Schmidt, Ph.D., a specialist in microbiology and immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina, in this interview with TV360.

For the virus to jump from human to animal, though, it has to be wearing a certain type of "coat" -- watch Dr. Schmidt's explanation above.