Can You Get Pinkeye From a Dog?

According to, pinkeye caused by a virus is not passed from dogs to humans, and people are unable to give it to dogs as well. However, it is possible, though unlikely, for the bacterial form of pinkeye to spread from dogs to humans.

WebMD describes pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, as a common eye inflammation in dogs. There are several types. The typical symptom is a discharge coming from a reddened eye.

Treatment depends upon the specific form of pinkeye a dog has contracted, WebMD indicates. The affected eye is sometimes washed with saline solution several times daily. Antibiotic or corticosteroid eye ointments are also used in certain circumstances.