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Can I give my dog a cold sore

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Can I give my dog a cold sore?
Human cold sores are caused by a herpes virus, which is species specific. There are herpes viruses that occur in other species, most notably cats, but you can not give a human cold sore to your dog (or cat).

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Even if I kissed her on top of her nose towards her mouth? That's where I typically kiss her, and I didn't think about it before doing it this evening; which is causing me concern that I just passed her my cold sore.
No, the virus is species specific, so since she's a dog and you are a human (different species) you could rub your sore all over her and she still wouldn't get it.
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