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Fact or Fiction: Can You Catch a Cold From Your Pet?

I think pets can definitely improve your health, but can you catch a cold from Fido or Fluffy? Take this quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction and if your cat or dog can give you a cold.


Fact or Fiction: Can You Catch a Cold From Your Pet?

T/F: You can catch a cold from your dog or cat.

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SammySingally SammySingally 4 years
I carried two puppies who had colds yesterday. I hadn't been around anyone with a cold last week. Anyways, by evening, I started blowing my nose and feeling sick and today, I have got a terrible cold.
mammaten mammaten 5 years
Text below is taken from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Viral Infections Most viruses infect only their natural host species. Human viruses, like those that cause the common cold, infect only humans, while feline immunodeficiency virus, feline infectious peritonitis virus, and feline leukemia virus infect only cats. However, one virus that can be passed from cats to humans is rabies, a viral disease resulting from the bite of an infected animal. Cats are highly susceptible to rabies, which attacks the central nervous system, causing a variety of signs. Rabies is almost always fatal. In people, rabies infections usually occur when an infected animal bites a person. In order to protect human health, rabies vaccination of cats is required by law in many areas. Even if your cat is kept indoors, it is important to keep rabies vaccines current because cats occasionally escape outdoors, and because rabid animals such as bats and raccoons occasionally enter houses. To further reduce your risk of rabies, avoid contact with wildlife and stray animals. See a doctor immediately if you have been bitten by an animal. End of text Am sorry you can not catch a common cold, flue or any other bug from a animals. You just caught it from another human and your pet caught it from a animals it's a known fact human and animals bugs do not plain english no you can't not catch your dog or cats cold nor can they catch yours.
daventeri daventeri 5 years
Our dogs both just got a cold we think from contact from another dog. Sally sneezed in my wifes face and what do you know she is now sick with a cold without exposure to anyone who was sick. My wife got sick with pneumonia on a trip a few years ago and as a result she now wont touch doorknobs and if she does touch something that others have touched she carries hand sanitizer. My point is we live reclusive lives with no exposure but when the dog picked up a virus we were exposed by a sneeze directly into her face. She sounds awful and can barely breathe right now. I've heard there is no evidence of pets spreading a cold but have there been real studies or is that just what the vet says to allay hysteria? In reading the last few posts that seem identical to ours one might be open to another line of thinking.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
yay! i didn't think that it was possible to catch a cold from my dog.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
hmm i thought it was true. ah well.
Calimie Calimie 8 years
Ouch. I though that, since you can catch other stuff, colds could be included.
aeschere aeschere 8 years
a myth i've never heard of! i figured, though, the species transmission coefficient between cat to human is much less than human to human XD
ahamila ahamila 8 years
Well I would think if you could, they could. Their immune systems would have to be much different than ours because of their lifestyle...
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 8 years
I always thought that you could.
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