Dr. James - Veterinary Professional

Is kennel cough contagious to humans?

Absolutely! You have to remember that in general viruses are species-specific, meaning dogs get dog viruses, but bacteria on the other hand is not species- specific. Therefore, if your dog has a bad case of kennel cough there is no doubt that you can also “catch” an upper respiratory infection from your dog. Make sure to take the proper precautions, the same as you would if another family member in the house was sick with an upper respiratory infection.

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