Friday, April 2, 2010

ASK THE VET: Tuberculosis and Dogs

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HI Doc,

Can humans get tuberculosis from their pets (like dogs)? Can dogs get tuberculosis from humans?




Hello Yadira:

This is a tough one. There are no known cases of TB being transmitted from dog to human or vice versa but that doesn't mean it can't happen. 

Dogs do not get infected with TB all that often. Primates are more of a zoonotic concern than dogs. TB is actually called Mycobacterium and it is everywhere in the environment, so that is a more likely source of infection. When in doubt, ask your doctor and talk to your vet. 

Good luck,

Dr. Jacki
Dr. Jacki, D.V.M.
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Anonymous said...

Can a dog contract tuberculosis from encountering human sputum in the street from an infected person?

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