Sick puppy vs. cats

Last Edited By Krjb Donovan
Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 07:43 PM GMT

Question

I adopted a puppy from a rescue shelter and our puppy has pneumonia. They took her to the vet 5 days ago and the vet gave her an antibiotic shot and amoxicillan drops for me to continue at home. Problem is i have 3 cats and i noticed one drinking out of the puppys water bowl. I am curious if it is contagious to my cats? Thank you for your time and expertise.

Answer

The pneumonia will not be contagious to your cats. However, I am concerned about the choice of antibiotic for the pneumonia. Typically, pneumonia in puppies is best treated with a broader spectrum antibiotic than Amoxicillin. If the puppy is not improving I would encourage you to call your vet ASAP and assess whether the meds need to be changed. Good luck!

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