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Can dogs get psittacosis from birds?

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MBS

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Sunshine may have an active infection of psittacosis where he is shedding the bacteria. I was told that people could get sick from this too. I forgot to ask the vet if my dogs could get sick from it. Does anybody know?

I won't know what illness Sunshine actually has until the test results come in a few days.
 

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Thank for the information. Hopefully that's not what Sunshine has. I can't wait to find out the test results.
 

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I'm still a newbie here, but I saw your post and want to be informed so I did a little research. I don't know if I can add a link here or not :(
I found a page called Understanding Psittacosis by Hannis L. Stoddard III, DMV. I don't know maybe google that, but I found it by googling Psittacosis in dogs. Anyways, besides the article saying humans can get it from birds, it said The U.S. Department of Agriculture is charged with animal health. Chlamydiosis (The causative agent is Chlamydia psittaci.) can cause infectious abortions in sheep, cattle and goats. The disease can also infect dogs, cats and horses, but these animals do not seem able to spread the illness; they are end-stage hosts. Sorry, it sounds like pretty scarey stuff :( Good luck and wish you the best!
 
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