765439 tn?1292960414

can dogs transmit bacterial infections to humans

so as long as we have had my great Pyrenees he has had red paws.and we arent sure if it's bacterial or a food allergy, but he's been on loads of grain free foods and it doesnt go away, so we are leaving him be....we also tried cephelexin  month ago.

anyway my boy scratches me with his paws if  i dont show him enough affection, and today i was laying down and he scratched me and his paw went up my nose..so ust wondering if he did have a bacterial infection if  i now have it cause hi paw went up my nose..thanks
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1340994 tn?1374193977
Sure, but you could also get an infection just because his feet are dirty ... because they are feet.  

Have you talked to his breeder or other GP owners to see if this is common problem with them?  
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441382 tn?1452810569
Chances are you have nothing at all to worry about.  Most zoonotic diseases that humans can get from dogs (or other animals) are intestinal and are transmitted by the humans handling contaminated feces.  There are also skin parasites like mange mites, but you don't have to worry about these unless your dog has mange, and you would definitely know whether or not your dog had mange.  If you would feel more comfortable about it, you can put some peroxide on a cotton swab and dab it onto the scratch, but unless your immune system is compromised for some reason, you shouldn't have a thing to worry about.

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