Can my dog catch strep throat from me?

Dogs Can my dog catch strep throat from me?, I just got strep throat and i have a yorkshire terrier. Since i hug and pet and kiss my dog and stuff like that could he catch strep throat too? ...

12-08-08, 13:38
  Can my dog catch strep throat from me?
I just got strep throat and i have a yorkshire terrier. Since i hug and pet and kiss my dog and stuff like that could he catch strep throat too? Can he catch any any sickness i have?

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13-08-08, 15:34
I have answered this question two times before for other askers, so I am just going to copy and paste my answer...

Dogs do not get strep throat, but they may harbor Streptococcus pyogenes (also called Group A strep, what causes strep throat) from being around humans. They serve as a CARRIER of it for human infections.

So, the dog should be treated when a family member has strep throat, especially if recurring infections occur.

Amoxicillin or azithromycin from the vet will take care of the strep in your dog.

Take care!
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14-08-08, 11:50
1) No
2) Not unless it's rabies and you bite him.
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16-08-08, 10:30
Some say strep can be passed between humans and dogs.

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Letting your dog "kiss" you will probably not harm you; indeed, the danger may be greater to him than to you! But beware: what you might catch is rather surprising and what your dog could contract is even more astonishing.
But don't worry too much if you've got a dog who likes to leap and love and lick you. "Obviously, it's not really a sanitary thing to do, for example, dogs do sniff other dogs' fecal matter. But you probably won't get anything from that particular bacteria or others," says James B. Miller, D.V.M., from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada.
Dr. Miller points out that one surprising disease you can catch is cat scratch disease! "Although dogs never get sick from it themselves, they can be carriers." A far more common ailment you might get from kissing your dog, though, is strep throat, which has been reported among families that have dogs and children who trade kisses back and forth.
But in general, face licking is probably far riskier for dogs to do to you than for you to do to them because they can catch tuberculosis from it! And since people don't always know they have TB in the earlier stages, "They can transmit it to their dog without realizing it. They may cough, and have sputum on their lips and then the dog kisses or licks their mouth. Or they cough into a tissue, which falls to the floor and the dog chews it."


No, I'm not going to try to tell you that it's the pits to kiss a pit bull. It's the wrinkly-faced dogs that you also have to watch out for! Steven Radbill, D.V.M., believes that kissing dogs with "smushed-in" faces, like Sharpeis, Pugs, or Boston terriers can cause problems on your kisser if you try to kiss them.
These dogs "have a tendency to get Pseudomonas infections in their lip folds, and people can catch it from them. I have one client who won't stop kissing her dog and she has gotten it several times," he says.
He suggests you protect yourself by checking before you let your dog kiss you by sniffing to see if his face emits a strong smell -- which indicates he may have this infection.
Incidentally, to stop a dog from kissing your face, blow into his face and firmly say "no" as soon as he gets into "position."
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