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Can pink eye cross species?

October 29th, 2005, 03:58 PM
I have a silly question. Can pink eye be spread from kids to pets? My son has pink eye and my dog has had something like pink eye in the past ( I'm sure she didn't give it to him, it was last year). I'm worried about the cats and the dog getting it too. That's all.

October 29th, 2005, 04:25 PM
I had the same question and asked my vet and others. The human and dog infections are different so it should not pass from human to dog or dog to human. I don't know about dog/cat transmission.

November 1st, 2005, 09:55 AM
When I had a rat, it caught pinkeye from me, but I'm not sure about dogs. I would take the dog to the vet as cherry eye can resemble pinkeye in dogs...

November 1st, 2005, 10:14 PM
So far none of the other critters (including children) have gotten the pink eye. I'm sure in typical 4 yr old fashion he managed to infect himself. We got it contained by seeing a doctor and starting the antibiotic eye drops right away. Thank-you to everyone who responded. :thumbs up