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c-diff

My dog was recently diagnosed with C-diff. Can animals transmit it to humans? My 6 year old daughter is on her second round of antibiotics and am worried she would be at high risk of getting it. Our pediatricians don't seem to be concerned. I know how dangerous c-diff can be. Please send any information possible. Our vet said they don't know wether it could be transmitted to humans or not.
Type of Animal
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Dog
Age of Animal
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5 months
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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Maltipoo
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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August 09, 2012
City
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West Chester
State/Province
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Ohio
Country
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USA
Blood Test Results
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C-diff
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Animals that contain high levels of C-difficile can shed it in their saliva and fur and therefore can transmit it to humans. I would recommend extra caution when allowing your child to handle the dog and every member of the family should wash their hands after playing with him/her. Generally it is not a concern as long as the persons immune system is functioning well however extra vigilance with respect to hygiene is a good idea. continue to interact with your dog, play with it, give him/her a good scratch behind the ears, but wash up afterwards. Once everyone is feeling better then all is good.
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