Sunday, September 15, 2019

Zoonotic Diseases in our pets

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Zoonotic diseases are all around us and can even be in your home.

What are zoonotic diseases?

Zoonotic diseases can be anything from bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses, etc. These diseases can be passed from animals to humans.

Who is typically at risk?

Typically anyone with a compromised immune system are more at risk of contracting a zoonotic disease. This can include infants, young children, pregnant woman, immune compromised, and elderly.

What if fall into one of these categories? Well, it doesn’t mean you should not have pets, it just means that you should be a frequent hand washer and use an anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.

Especially if there are children in the home, they should always be supervised with pets and wash their hands frequently.

What are some common zoonotic diseases of our pets?

  • Giardia
  • Ringworm
  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Rabies
  • Leptospirosis

How can you prevent your pet from getting these diseases?

Preventative care is very important in pets and can prevent some of the common zoonotic diseases. Your veterinarian can provide routine deworming, fecal testing and vaccinations. Listening to your veterinarian’s recommendations for preventative care is important and providing your pet with monthly flea, tick and heartworm prevention will also help prevent your pet against some zoonotic diseases.

 

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