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A 55-year-old female asked:

I'm having a cough. should i stay away from my dog? will i spread my germs to him?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Not really: Hope you feel better. Most respiratory illness of man do not spread to "man's best friend." I have not a fair number of respiratory illnesses and never spread anything to murphy, my wheaten terrier.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cough: It is very unlikely that any upper respiratory infection you have would spread to your dog.

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Last updated Jul 25, 2019

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