As you know, your pooch is susceptible to various diseases and infections. Have you ever wondered whether or not you would potentially catch any of those illnesses from your pooch? It’s a scary thought. And it’s actually true—it is possible for dogs to transmit certain illnesses to humans. These diseases are known as zoonotic diseases.
R ead on to learn more! In this article, your local veterinarian tells you more about zoonotic diseases and how to make sure that both your furry pal and your family members stay safe.
What Diseases Can I Catch From My Dog?
You’ve almost certainly heard of rabies, the most infamous and deadly of all zoonotic diseases. Rabies can be fatal in both dogs and humans! Diseases like Ehrlichiosis, salmonella, leptospirosis, giardiasis, Lyme disease, campylobacteriosis, brucellosis, and ringworm can all be transmitted from dogs to humans. And while this is rare, it’s entirely possible for parasites like hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, and others to be contracted by a human from a dog.
Are Certain People at a Higher Risk?
Yes, certain people are at a higher risk than others are of contracting a zoonotic disease from a dog. The group includes seniors, young children, pregnant women, individuals undergoing chemotherapy or other radiation-related treatments, and anyone that has a compromised immune system. Fortunately, even these people can usually have pets without worrying, assuming they follow a few basic protocols.
The average healthy adult is not at a high risk of contracting an illness from their dog. In fact, it’s very unlikely assuming that the individual practices basic hygiene. And thanks to modern veterinary methods like vaccination and pest-control products, the risk is even lower.
How Do I Prevent the Problem?
Make sure you and all the members of your family practice basic hygiene when it comes to pets: wash your hands on a regular basis. Pick up your canine pal’s feces with a waste baggie and scoop. Wash your dog’s food and water dishes, bed, and toys regularly to destroy germs. Finally, keep your canine companion on year-round preventative medications to ward off pests like fleas, ticks, and worms, and make sure Fido is up to date on essential vaccinations to prevent disease. These basic steps all but ensure that any zoonotic diseases will not be transmitted to any human family members.
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