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katkinson82 posted:
We had a baby kitten show up at our house maybe 2-3 months and since then my daughter has had strep throat 4 times, and I heard that she could maybe keep getting it bc of the kitten. Is this true???? And also she had her tonsils removed 2 years ago.
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hello there,
This is a common question that veterianrians receive but Strep A, which causes strep throat in man, rarely if ever is transmitted from animals to man. In a recurrent situation such as with your daughter, we could culture the cat for Strep A (but lab has to be able to culture this strep not any strep), but the whole family should be cultured. The kitten might just be an innocent bystander and treating the cat, if infected, would likely not do anything. But make sure you check with your veterinarian as well. For more information, look for the sheet on pets and strep throat written by Dr. Scott Weese infectious disease specialists, on his excellent website:
Thank you for asking. I hope your daughter gets better quickly. Dr. Sandy
rohvannyn replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
This is just one anecdote but I do know of a Physicians Assistant working in pediatrics who had a large family and constant recurrant strep infections. In that case, a lab conclusively confirmed it was their big friendly Labrodor Retriever who was the asymptomatic carrier. The dog was successfully treated and the problem was solved.

So it does happen, just not very often!
rohvannyn replied to rohvannyn's response:
By the way, here's the link. It's humorous, and interesting, reading!


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