Understanding Zoonotic Diseases: Protecting Your Health and Ensuring Pet Safety

Zoonotic diseases, which can be transmitted from pets to humans, are more prevalent than you might realize. Even though your pet may appear healthy, they could be carrying a transmissible illness. To safeguard against various diseases, it’s crucial to keep up with your pet’s preventive care.

How can your pet pass diseases to you?

Pets can transmit germs through various means:

1. Direct contact: Contact with saliva, blood, urine, feces, or other bodily fluids from an infected pet can lead to disease transmission. Cleaning up your pet’s accidents or being licked on a sore can result in illness.
2. Indirect contact: Coming into contact with objects contaminated by an infected pet can cause indirect disease transmission. For instance, if a stray cat uses your child’s sandbox as a litter box, your child may contract a roundworm infection.
3. Vectors: Ticks and fleas, attracted to your pet, can carry diseases indoors and transmit them to humans through bites.
4. Food: Undercooked meat or eggs and raw fruits or vegetables contaminated with feces from an infected pet are common causes of foodborne illnesses for both humans and pets.
5. Water: Drinking or coming into contact with water contaminated with feces or urine can result in diseases like giardia or leptospirosis being passed to humans.

What diseases can you get from your pet?

Pets can transmit numerous illnesses to humans, including:

– Bacteria (leptospirosis, salmonella, E. coli, tick-borne diseases, cat scratch disease)
– Viruses (rabies)
– Fungi (ringworm)
– Intestinal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, giardia, toxoplasma)
– External parasites (scabies, fleas, ticks)

This list is not exhaustive, so practicing good hygiene when handling your pet, their waste, and their belongings is vital to prevent disease transmission.

To ensure the well-being of everyone in your household, including both human and furry members, regular preventive care is essential. Contact our team to schedule your pet’s preventive care visit, keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Stay informed, stay protected, and cherish the bond with your beloved pets.