|Barked: Wed Nov 14, '07 12:02pm PST |
|Being in the daycare industry, this is something I have always questioned. Can we get them sick, and can they get us sick. From the various vets I have spoken with, this is what I have learned....
While we can not get each other sick, the same environmental conditions that contribute to our immune system breaking down, can also contribute to their immune systems breaking down. Change of weather, seasonal allergies, what not an cause us to get sick, as well as them. But we are suseptable to different agents. The Bordetella virus does not get us sick, but if a pup has a comprimised imune system, they are more likely to get it than not. In the mean time, another bug may be active in the area, and we can pick that up.
There are some things that are zoonotic, ghiardia, worms even MRSA that can go from species to species. Also, keep in mind that KC is not itself a disease. It's a generic term for a canine upper respirtory infection and can be anything from a phlemgy throat to snotty nose to bronchitis or pnumonia.
Hope this helps!
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