Can Humans Get Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough is an extremely contagious illness that can easily infect every dog and cat that comes in contact with an infected animal, shares toys or bedding contaminated with the virus, or is simply in the same vicinity as a sick animal. But can humans catch the virus from their furry friends? The probability is highly unlikely.

Much like the common cold, there are many different types of kennel cough or infectious tracheobronchitis. However, out of all of them, the Bordetella strand is the only one that may cause concern of human transmission to those with weakened immune systems. While it is possible for humans with compromised immune systems to contract Bordetella, there is still very little evidence that a human suffering from Bordetella catches the virus from an animal.

Still, it is best for individuals with autoimmune deficiencies, pregnant women, babies, young children, and the elderly to avoid contact with infected animals. Pet owners should also consider vaccinating their dogs and cats against Bordetella, especially if they are boarding their pet in doggie daycare or overnight kennel.

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