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Name: Nash V.
Status: Student
Age: 14
Date: September 12, 2002 

I have been wondering if animals such as Dogs can get sick if we,humans go close to them when we are sick as germs will be passed on to the dog.

No, most viruses are species specific. Some can go from dogs to humans such as rabies, ringworm (a fungus), some parasites (roundworms and hookworms, but only to children or immunocompromised adults), and some tick borne diseases can affect both as well, like Lyme Disease, Erhichia, etc. Strep (as in Strep throat can also be transmitted by humans and pets)

Phillip Raclyn, DVM CVA

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