Diseases From Pets: Your pet can make a huge difference in your mental health with their soothing presence, heartwarming touch and their selfless love. However, just as we can pass germs from outside to indoors for our beloved dog or cat, they can also pass on some infections and diseases to us that can make us very sick. In particular, people or children with weakened immune systems need to be careful around pets.
Humans can catch the infection from dogs or cats. We can get an infection if germs or micro-organisms such as bacteria and viruses enter the skin or enter our system through our mouth, nose or eyes. While your pet may be asymptomatic with these germs as well, once they enter the human body, they can cause skin infections and other diseases. So, be careful with your pet’s bites, kisses or scratches. Be careful around your pets if you have a wound as they can inadvertently lick it and transmit some sort of infection.
Experts say it’s always best to take precautions to protect yourself and kids from pet-borne illnesses. Hygiene must be ensured and pets must be vaccinated. Let us talk about seven diseases that can be caused by pets.
1. Campylobacter infection: Campylobacteriosis is a bacterial intestinal infection caused by Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter upsalensis. Dogs can become infected with it. If they eat infected raw meat or come in contact with infected feces or contaminated water. While it is thought to be a common bacterium in the intestinal tract of many animals, this bacterial infection in humans can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.
2. Cat scratch disease: Humans can get this bacterial infection from cats. The disease is spread when an infected cat licks an open wound from a person, or bites or scratches a person so hard that the surface of the skin is broken. Symptoms of this bacterial infection may include swollen and tender lymph nodes, fever, and headache.
3. Rabies: A fatal infection, rabies in dogs progresses very rapidly and has a high mortality rate. This is why regular rabies vaccination in dogs is important. Your pet can get rabies if it is bitten by a rabid animal or if saliva or brain/spine tissue from an infected animal gets into their eyes, nose, mouth or open wounds. While rabies can be spread to humans through dog bites, in some cases, it can be spread through contact with scratches, scratches, or open sores from the saliva of an infected dog.
4. Diseases carried by ticks: Tick-borne diseases can occur when ticks attach to pets outside. Use tick prevention products on pets and safely remove and dispose of ticks as soon as possible. Ticks can cause fever, anemia, paralysis, lameness, and other symptoms.
5. Ringworm: Children can get ringworm from touching infected dogs and cats. This can cause a dry, scaly round area with a raised red bumpy border and a clear center.
6. Toxocariasis: The eggs of roundworm, a parasitic in the intestines of dogs and cats, can pass through their feces into the soil where children play. An infected child may have fever, cough or wheezing, an enlarged liver, rash, or swollen lymph nodes.
7. Toxoplasmosis: Infection with a parasite found in cat feces usually causes no symptoms in healthy people, but can cause serious problems for pregnant women and their unborn babies. That’s why pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems should not clean the dustbins.