Now this may sound a little weird, but can you catch a cold from your dog? The answer is no. You cannot catch a cold from your dog and your dog can
not catch a cold from you. The colds that dogs get are different than the kind that people get, although the symptoms may be the same. Most illnesses that dogs get are not transmitted to humans but there are some exceptions. Pets can cause illnesses. These so called zoonotic infections can be in the form of viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites. For example, dogs can give you rabies. Parrots can transmit psitaccosis. Cats…toxoplasmosis. And turtles…salmonella.