How do I know if my dog has strep throat?
- Difficulty swallowing due to swelling (tonsillitis)
Can I get my dog sick with strep? Dogs can “catch” the bacteria from their humans, but they don’t necessarily get a strep infection like humans do. Instead, if someone in the house has strep throat, it can be transmitted to the dog where it hides in the respiratory tract and serves as a “transient infection”.
Can pets get strep throat from humans? Streptococcus pyogenes, the cause of strep throat in humans, does not cause tonsillitis in dogs. However, dogs can acquire a transient infection with this bacterium when they are in contact with a human with strep throat.
What animals can get strep throat? Some “strep” organisms normally live on the body of humans or animals and do not cause disease. Others may cause disease (sometimes severe) in both people and animals. What animals can get streptococcosis? The animals most commonly affected with streptococcosis are horses, guinea pigs, swine, dogs, cats, and fish.