Q: Are dog skin diseases contagious to other dogs?
A: Most common skin diseases of dogs such as allergies and skin infections are not contagious to other dogs. But there are certain infections and parasites that can be transferred from one dog to another.
The most common of these are fleas, which can also be contagious between dogs, cats, and rabbits. In the lower mainland, we see flea infestations around the year; yes, even in the winter months. Thus it is important to keep all companion pets on flea prevention year-round.
Other infections such as lice, ringworm (a fungus), and ear mites may also be transferable between dogs.
Dr. Jangi Bajwa
Dr. Jangi Bajwa is a Board certified veterinary dermatologist at VetDERM Clinic in Surrey BC. He is also the dermatology feature editor for Canadian Veterinary Journal. Dr. Bajwa’s special interests include otitis and allergic disease in pets; as well as helping improve quality of life of pets and their families.