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Dog Meningitis
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?
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.


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