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Safeguarding Your Pet from Zoonotic Illnesses: A Guide to Optimal Health

Zoonotic diseases, those transmissible from pets to humans, are more common than one might think. Even seemingly healthy pets can carry contagious conditions. To protect against various illnesses, keeping up with preventive care is crucial.

How can pets transmit diseases to humans?

Pets can transmit germs to humans through direct contact, such as saliva, blood, urine, or feces exposure, leading to disease transmission. Indirect contact occurs when humans encounter something an infected pet has contaminated. Parasites like ticks and fleas can carry diseases from pets to humans. Foodborne illnesses can occur from consuming undercooked meat or eggs and contaminated fruits and vegetables.

Which diseases can you contract from your pet?

Pets can transmit various illnesses to humans, such as bacteria (leptospirosis, salmonella), viruses (rabies), fungi (ringworm), intestinal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, giardia), and external parasites (scabies, fleas, ticks).

How to protect your family and pets?

Maintain good hygiene when handling pets, cleaning up after them, and handling their belongings to prevent disease transmission. Regular preventive care is vital in protecting everyone in your household, two or four-legged. Schedule a preventive care visit with our team to ensure the safety and well-being of your family.