Can dogs catch pneumonia from other dogs?

As a dog owner, you may be wondering if your furry friend can catch pneumonia from another dog. The short answer is yes, it’s possible. But before you start panicking and isolating your pup on a deserted island, let’s dive into the details.

What Is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs that results in fluid buildup and difficulty breathing. It can affect both humans and animals alike. Fun fact: the word “pneumonia” comes from the Greek words “pneuma,” meaning air or breath, and “-onion,” which denotes illness.

There are several types of pneumonia that can affect dogs:

Bacterial Pneumonia

This type of pneumonia occurs when bacteria settle in the lungs and multiply rapidly, causing infection. Common bacterial culprits include Streptococcus spp., Staphylococcus spp., Bordetella bronchiseptica (a.k.a kennel cough) among others.

Fungal Pneumonia

Fungi like Aspergillus sp., Blastomyces dermatitidis etc., could infect a dog’s lungs through inhalation contaminating their immediate environment e.g water bowls lined with fungi/bacteria

Viral Pneumonia:

Several viruses including but not limited to canine influenza virus(CIV), Parainfluenza virus (PIV), Herpesvirus 1 all have been reported to cause lung infections/worsen cases.

How Do Dogs Catch Pneumonia?

Just like people who get sick by inhaling infected droplets through coughs or sneezes of someone with similar symptoms; Dogs too get sick through exposure to contaminated air droplets as well as contact with contaminated surfaces such as blankets,kennels/furniture etc where infectious agents persist . In some cases they may also pick up pathogens and fungal spores from environmental surfaces, their own blankets or dogs they’re around.

This is why it’s so important for those in dog shelters or kennels to practice good hygiene habits e.g wearing gloves; clear out bedding, picking faeces regularly which can lead to heavy bacterial loads.

Signs And Symptoms Of Pneumonia In Dogs

It isn’t always easy to tell if a dog has pneumonia since symptoms can be similar ones present in humans. Here are some things you should look out for:

  • Coughing: persistent cough that potentially includes mucus
  • Fever: above 103F° (39°C)
  • Labored breathing : Could manifest as shallow rapid breaths,
    increased respiratory rate
  • Bluish tinged gums/tongue-> Indicates falling blood oxygen levels
  • Loss of appetite, Laziness

It’s important keep watch of your pet especially when there has been an outbreak of some sort along with the fact that sick pets must not interact with healthy ones (maybe they could use facemasks?)

How Is Canine Pneumonia Diagnosed?

Only after conducting tests including complete blood count (CBC), Chest radiographs/X rays clinicians answer the question whether what affects your pup is indeed pneumonia.
These examinations aid towards checking signs like alveolar infiltrates(enlargement) on X-ray scans among other reported observations.

Since multiple ‘lookalike’ diseases having overlapping signs such as heart disease, bronchitis whose treatments may differ depending on cause though but more surely compared putting all darts into one bagging diagnosis

Treatment Options For Pneumonia In Dogs

Depending on how severe it is; treatment usually involves providing adequate oxygen delivery systems , decongestants antitussives and most definitely broad-spectrum antibiotics being administered through oral intake(initially) before upgrading the dosage scope through intravenous infusion according clinical judgement.

Hospitalization and supportive care may be necessary in some instances, especially if the dogs are suffering from severe pneumonia.

What Can You Do To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Pneumonia?

As with many illnesses, prevention is key:


To prevent most of these infections,vaccinations for viral sources have long shown helpful also maintaing adequate herd immunity keeps the incidence low;

Keep your pet clean

Regular grooming that includes bathing would help to reduce heavy concentration of bacteria on their fur .

Avoid Sick Dogs

Unfortunately you can’t control other owners’ choices but actively opting to avoid certain social interactions esp at places like kennels for animals suspected of having contagious infections Is always a good preventive measure.


Can dogs get pneumonia from other dogs? The answer is yes they can since it’s a respiratory infection hence airborne/direct contacts could result to spread; Often times though,Clinical signs varied making diagnosis alongside full history stories important .Regardless,you must make sure your pets lead healthy lifestyles with examinations/checks as frequent as possible(even without clear cut cases) and maintaining hygiene habits in place.

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