Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Announcements

The Pet Health Community and Pet Health Center are NOT substitutes for a vet visit. Contact a vet in an emergency! | Dog Conditions A-Z | Dog Symptoms A-Z | Cat Conditions A-Z | Cat Symptoms A-Z

Remember Your Beloved Pet
Includes Expert Content
Dog Meningitis
avatar
ahrice14 posted:
One of our dogs is suspected to have meningitis.

Is meningitis on dogs contagious to humans? if so, how can it be passed on?

We have another dog, and we're worried that he might get it. How can we prevent that?
Reply
 
avatar
AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Bonnie Beaver, BS, DVM, MS responded:
Sorry to hear about the meningitis - that certainly is not comfortable for your dog.

Meningitis in a dog is NOT contagious to humans or other dogs. No worry there. There are many causes of meningitis and yur other dog could theoretically get the same condition from the same source as your sick dog, but if he is not showing signs now, that is unlikely. The various causes mean there can be many different ways to treat the problem, but mainly antibiotics are used. At least you and your other dog are not going to catch it from the sick dog, and hopefully that dog is starting to recover. I hope all goes well.


Featuring Experts from AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM, is a small animal internal medicine consultant for Phoenix Central Laboratory, an independent veterinary diagnostic laborat...More

Helpful Tips

Excellent website for information on parasites in dogs and catsExpert
I just conducted a seminar and hands-on demonstration on diagnosis of fecal parasites to veterinarians and technicians. An excellent ... More
Was this Helpful?
33 of 47 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Learn more about the AVMA

WebMD Special Sections