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You Can Catch These Diseases From Your Dog
June 1, 2020

As you know,  our canine friends are susceptible to various diseases and infections, just as we are. Have you ever wondered whether or not you could potentially catch anything from your pooch? It’s a scary thought! And what’s even scarier: it’s true. Yes, it is possible for dogs to transmit certain illnesses to humans. These diseases are known as zoonotic diseases.

H  ere, a veterinarian tells you more about zoonotic diseases and how to make sure both your dog and your family members stay safe.

What Diseases Can I Catch From My Dog?

You’ve likely heard of the most infamous of all zoonotic diseases: rabies. Rabies can prove deadly in both dogs and humans! Other zoonotic diseases include ehrlichiosis, salmonella, leptospirosis, giardiasis, Lyme disease, campylobacteriosis, and brucellosis. It’s also possible for parasites like hookworms, ringworms, roundworms, tapeworms, mites, and more to be contracted by a human from a dog. Luckily, this is rare.

Are Certain People at a Higher Risk?

Some people are at higher risk of catching zoonotic diseases than others. This includes elderly individuals, young children, pregnant women, individuals undergoing chemotherapy or other radiation-related treatments, and anyone with a compromised immune system. However, assuming they follow a few basic protocols, even high-risk individuals can have a furry friend. In fact, pets benefit people in many ways! The main thing is for any high-risk individual to practice good basic hygiene. Modern veterinary methods like vaccination and pest-control products have brought the risk down even more.

How Do I Prevent the Problem?

Some simple precautions are usually all that’s needed. Wash your hands on a regular basis and avoid direct physical contact with animal feces. Try to wash your canine pal’s food and water dishes, bed, and toys regularly to kill any germs. Finally, be sure to keep your canine buddy on year-round preventative medications to ward off fleas, ticks, and worms. You’ll also need to make sure that Fido is up to date on essential vaccinations to prevent disease. These basic steps will all but ensure that any zoonotic diseases won’t be transmitted to human family members. 

Does your dog need vaccinations or pest-control medicine? Call today to make an appointment. We’re here to help!