Common Illnesses That Can Be Spread From Animals to People

Unbelievably frequently, zoonotic infections are illnesses that can be transmitted from pets to humans. Keep up with your pet’s preventive care to prevent getting various illnesses even if they seem to be in perfect health because they may be hiding a transmissible ailment.

How can my pet pass diseases to me?

There are many ways that pets might spread viruses to people, including

  • Direct contact — Direct contact with saliva, blood, urine, feces, or other bodily fluids from an infected pet can result in the transmission of disease. If you clean up your pet’s accident inside, or they lick a sore on your leg, you can contract an illness.
  • Indirect contact — Indirect disease transmission occurs when you come in contact with something an infected pet has contaminated. For example, if your child digs in their sandbox after a stray cat has used it as a litter box, they may contract a roundworm infection.
  • Vectors — Vectors, like ticks and fleas, can be attracted to your pet and be carried indoors to bite and transmit disease to you.
  • Food — Undercooked meat or eggs, or raw fruits and vegetables contaminated with feces from an infected pet, are some of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses in people and their pets.
  • Water — Drinking or coming in contact with water that has been contaminated with feces or urine can result in diseases such as giardia or leptospirosis being passed to you.

Which diseases may I catch from my pet?

Pets can transmit a variety of diseases to people through:

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

To prevent the spread of disease, always use excellent hygiene when handling your pet, their waste, and their belongings. This list is by no means comprehensive.

Numerous viruses and parasites can be transmitted by pets to human and animal family members. Regular preventative care is the greatest approach to safeguard everyone living in your home, including two- and four-legged family pets. To keep your pet safe and healthy and to schedule a visit for preventative care, give our staff a call.