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can dogs get herpes from humans

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can dogs get herpes from humans
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.

While both dogs and humans can get a herpes virus in each case the disease is a different one. The diseases are related, ie in the herpes family, but are specially adapted to only the one type of host.

They are called by the same 'short' name of herpes, which can be confusing, but are not quite the same thing. So your dog can't get your herpes virus and you can't get the one the dogs get.

Hope this helps you!


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
if my dog dose have the herpes virus what can i give her to get her better?
Expert:  NancyH replied 8 years ago.

Sorry for the delay the question got closed last night some how.

Herpes virus as a virial infection has to be fought off by your dog's immune system.

You can read about herpes here

and more here

Most adult dogs do get over it. The real problems are when newborn pups catch it as they cannot fight it off as well.