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My 17 month old actual child was hospitalized with RSV, pera

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My 17 month old actual child was hospitalized with RSV, pera influenza and croup we were life flighted away from home. We got back yesterday and my 8 yr old blue heeler has been hacking a lot. Could he be just as sick?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Brody
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Brody?
Customer: He does get seasonal allergies
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 6 months ago.

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about your two sickies... Was Brody coughing before your child got sick?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
No he wasn't
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 6 months ago.

Got it, thanks.

Most of the respiratory diseases of dogs cannot be shared between dogs and humans (i.e. humans can't make dogs sick and vice versa). RSV cannot be transmitted to dogs; parainfluenza virus is generally species specific, which means that it generally cannot be transmitted either. So, while still possible, it's very unlikely that Brody caught something from your child. A coughing 8yr old dog could be/become just as sick depending on what's causing the illness, so I would definitely see your vet within next day or two to have Brody evaluated and let them know what your child had been diagnosed with so that they have that information.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or need clarification on the above information. Best of luck with both of them, hope they're feeling better soon!

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Thank you. I'll keep an eye on his eating and drinking behavior
Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 6 months ago.

Great. If the cough is not subsiding within 3-4 days, have him looked at. Please remember to rate my answer if you've found it helpful and, again, best of luck!

Expert:  Dr. Gene replied 6 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Gene