Let’s review some of the most common questions about Human Diseases that can affect your dog.
Can a Dog Catch a Cold From a Human?
No worries, dogs can’t catch the human strain of the cold from you and you can’t catch the dog strain of the cold from your dog. Dogs do have a cold strain that is very contagious among other dogs.
Fact: If you have a cat in your home, they are prone to catching the human strain of the Cold and Flu.
Can Dogs Catch the Flu from Humans?
Unfortunately, the Flu has morphed and adapted into different strains that can be passed from humans to their dogs. Keep in mind, there is a very small chance that your dog can get the human strain of the flu, but it isn’t impossible.
Dog Flu: On the other hand, dogs do have a high change of catching the canine strain of influenza. The dog strain of the flu is highly contagious and can be easily spread between other dogs. The Dog Flu Symptoms include: fever, cough, runny nose, infection in the lungs, low energy, and loss of appetite.
If you notice your dog has any of these symptoms, get them into the vet ASAP and avoid contact with other dogs. Help prevent the spread of germs.
What are the Signs of Fever in Dogs?
A dog’s normal temperature is higher than a human’s temperature. A dog’s normal temp can range between 99.5 and 102.5 F degrees.
Here are the most common symptoms of a fever in dogs: (from akc.org) Red eyes, lack of energy, ears are warm to the touch, warm and dry nose, shivering, coughing, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
How Do you Treat a Dog with the Flu?
Just like humans, dogs need plenty of rest and fluids to help them through the flu. Your vet can provide prescriptions to help your dog as well. Provide your dog with a calm and quiet environment that will allow them to rest up and feel better.
Can Dogs and Humans Get the Same Illness?
Yes, Lyme disease from an infected tick bit can affect humans and pets. It can cause major issues in humans and dogs alike. Symptoms in humans can include facial paralysis, joint pain, headaches, and memory loss. These symptoms can last a very long time even with treatment.
Lyme disease can give dogs a bad fever, kidney problems, swollen lymph nodes, and lameness in their legs. Lyme disease can not be passed between humans or between dogs and humans. It is only spread through the tick bite.