Unveiling the Risks: Understanding Diseases Transmissible from Pets to Humans

Zoonotic diseases are more common than you may realize, as pets can pass them on to people. Even if your pet appears healthy, they could be carrying a transmissible condition. Stay updated on their preventive care to prevent contracting various illnesses.

How can pets transmit diseases to humans?

Pets can transmit germs to humans in different ways:

Direct contact: Coming into contact with an infected pet’s saliva, blood, urine, feces, or other bodily fluids can lead to disease transmission. Cleaning up after your pet or if they lick a sore on your leg, you can become ill.
Indirect contact: Indirect transmission occurs when you touch something contaminated by an infected pet. For example, if a stray cat uses your child’s sandbox as a litter box, your child may contract a roundworm infection.
Vectors: Ticks and fleas can be attracted to your pet and carry diseases indoors, transmitting them to humans through bites.
Food: Undercooked meat, eggs, or raw fruits and vegetables contaminated with an infected pet’s feces are common causes of foodborne illnesses in both humans and pets.
Water: Drinking or coming into contact with water contaminated with feces or urine can result in diseases such as giardia or leptospirosis.

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 crucial to prevent disease transmission.

Pets can pass various pathogens and parasites to both humans and other animals in the family. Regular preventive care is the best way to protect everyone in your household, including both your two-legged and four-legged members. Contact our team to schedule your pet’s preventive care visit and ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.