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Might dogs spread eye infections to humans?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Unlikely: Most organisms are species specific and so a dog with an infected eye will not have a species that will transfer to humans. There are a few cross overs like rabies that can affect any mammal.
Dr. Alan Mindlin
51 years experience
Yes but rare: These are called zoonoses and can cause conjunctivitis and inlamed tear ducts. They are easily treated with common antibiotic drops and ointments. Dogs are considered clean compared to cats.

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