It's true! Strep throat is a zoonotic condition, which means that it can easily spread between humans and other species. That means your poor, little pup can both carry strep throat and catch it from you!
Pups can house bacteria in their throats just like people can, so it's fairly easy for the strep infection to get caught in there. Because of this, they're definitely capable of passing it to other animals or people close to them. Want to know what signs your dog might be exhibiting to let you know he's got the infection? Want to know how to look out for his well-being and how to avoid getting and giving strep from and to your pup?
You're in luck! We've laid out a doggy-strep guide below that should be of help!
Signs Your Dog Has Strep or is Carrying the Infection
One of the biggest indicators of doggy strep is a postnasal drip - if you have an extra-snotty or mucusy dog, it might be time to consider that he has strep or is carrying the infection. Check out your dog's tonsils, too. Do you notice they're larger or spotted? This can happen to your dog when they get strep, just like with humans.
You might also notice your dog struggling to breathe normally, having a hard time swallowing, or gagging a bit. If your dog is struggling eat, refusing to eat, or seems disinterested in treats, this is also an indicator that something is wrong. Excessive lip-licking is also a big sign that hetheirs not feeling up-to-snuff.
- Lip licking
- Nose licking
- Raspy panting
- Tongue hanging
- Refusing to Swallow
- Weight Loss
- Lack of Appetite
- Coughing or Choking
- Discolored Tonsils
- Mucus or Discharge from Nose or Mouth
Historic Causes of Strep Throat in Dogs
Because your dog can harbor strep in his throat just like a person, it's definitely possible for your pooch to get sick from giving puppy-dog kisses to the infected. If you have strep and want to spare your pup, keep your distance from him!
The Science Behind the Strep Infection in Dogs
Zoonotic conditions are diseases that can be transmitted between humans and animals, and although strep falls under that category, it's not the most likely situation. Canine germs are usually hard to pass onto people, but if you're feeling under the weather, it's always possible that your sick doggo could have given it to you.
It's actually far more likely that you pass the strep onto your doggo, so if you're sick, make sure you're keeping your distance. By keeping away from your dog during this time, you're saving them a lot of discomfort. Even more important, refrain from giving your dog any food or treats you've put your mouth on first.
How to Train Your Dog to Deal With Strep
It's likely your pup is going to need to take antibiotics to help him recover, so it's important he knows how to take medication easily and calmly. For excitable dogs, teach them a throw-and-catch game. For dogs who prefer a calmer method, teach them to take medicine from your hand or mix it into their food.
You'll also want to train your dog to enjoy some alone time while they recover, as their condition is very contagious! Reward them immensely once they've healed with a lot of bonding time, attention, and outside playing!
How to React if You or Your Dog Have Strep Throat
Talk to your vet.
Consider switching to wet food while your dog's throat recovers.
If your vet okays it, give your dog a teaspoon of honey for their throat.
Add water to your dog's food to make it easier for them to swallow.
Give them any medicine your vet sees fit.
Monitor your kids and other animals to make sure they don't get the infection.
Avoid sharing treats with your dog.
Avoid sharing kisses with your dog.