Dogs Don’t Get Hepatitis From People

Vaccination prevents canine hepatitis from spreading dog to dog.


Q. Can dogs be infected with hepatitis from the human form of the virus? Or is it passed dog to dog? Do you recommend the vaccine for dogs?

A. There is no risk of transmission of hepatitis between dogs and people. The form that dogs can get is completely different from the human version (Hepatitis B or C). Fortunately, canine viral hepatitis has largely been eliminated due to excellent vaccination coverage and the stability of the organism involved. It does not mutate the way canine parvovirus does, or for example, human influenza virus does.
Reports of any cases of viral hepatitis in dogs are rare. For these reasons, it is not considered a significant risk for transmission between dogs.
The vaccine for infectious canine hepatitis is included in almost every core combination vaccine given to dogs, and it is recommended for all dogs as a puppy vaccine that is repeated as several boosters, then as an annual vaccine. Some veterinarians are giving this vaccine on a three-year schedule in adult dogs to minimize the risk of vaccination reactions.
Dogs can get other forms of hepatitis, such as a bacterial infection, but these respond to antibiotic treatment and are not contagious.


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James   Colonie, New York

6/14/2015 9:58:05 AM

My brother has Hep C. He was playing with my dog, a Scotty named Benny. Benny nipped him and broke the skin. My brother is fine, however, I’m worried Benny may have now contracted Hep C! Is this possible?

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jim welch   pell city, International

4/19/2015 7:29:50 AM

Amen, I have hep.c too and I would not want my fur babies, to get it because of me. I love them all.

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Harley   New York, New York

2/26/2015 10:29:40 AM

Maimicrackhead, you are the sick person thinking it! Our concern is clearly not sick but dogs give kisses as licks and if one has cuts as stated, or the dog catches a lick to ones lip unexpectedly then the concern for our canine is

It's unfortunate that one sick A hole makes you so disturbed for the rest of human kind.

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Ralph   Baltimore, Maryland

12/21/2014 5:26:24 PM

Thanks for information. I have hep c and my dog and I play rough and he cuts me a lot with hisnnails. Then I sometimes wake up and he's been licking the scab and has it bleeding again and is licking the blood. Thanks again

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