What are Some Infections That Pets Carry?

Rabies is considered one of the most famous types of dog diseases.
Some infections can be spread to humans by birds.
Always clean up after your dog to help prevent the spread of infection.
The Giardia parasite can be found in both mammals and birds, and can cause severe diarrhea.
Fever is a common symptom among many illnesses transmitted by pets.
Infection-causign dander, ticks and fleas can be carried around by pets.
Rodents, like hamsters, may carry the lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus.
Ticks can transmit diseases from pets to people.
Cats and dogs can carry campylobacter jejuni, which can cause a bacterial infection with accompanying stomach pain.
Failing to properly wash hands can spread infection.
It is believed that up to 40 percent of cats carry cat scratch fever at some point in their lives.
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Although your pet is most often a source of enjoyment, lurking behind that lovable, furry exterior can be a number of nasty germs that can make you and your family sick. Virtually all pets, including dogs, cats, birds, rodents and reptiles, carry illnesses that can be transmitted to humans. Some of the infections pets carry include fungi, bacteria, parasites and viruses. Infections pets carry can be transmitted through scratching, biting, saliva, waste, dander and ticks or fleas.

Most infections pets carry are fairly harmless to adults. Young children and infants can be at particular risk from these illnesses, because their immune systems are not as well developed. Pregnant women and their fetuses, as well, are at increased risk from the infections pets carry.

The following is a list of the most common types of infections pets carry:

Of all the potential infections pets carry, many experts are particularly concerned with the infections that reptiles carry. If you have small children, it may be a good idea to hold off on reptile pets until your child is older.


Although there are many infections pets carry, if you follow certain precautions, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about contracting them. First and foremost, keep your pets up to date on their vaccinations. Avoid feeding pets raw meat, which may carry bacteria, and make sure to sanitize areas where a pet may have defecated or urinated. Avoid contact with a pet’s mouth, and teach your child to do the same.

Proper handwashing will help ward off potential infections as well. If your pet goes outside often, make sure to clean up poop in the yard and keep cats out of children’s sandboxes. Shampooing your dog or cat on a regular basis can help prevent illnesses from fleas and ticks from affecting you and your pets.



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Post 3

I don't know what infection is involved, but I do know that pregnant women are to have come in contact with a cat litter box while they are pregnant.

I had a cat while I was pregnant, but she spent most of her time outside, so I didn't have to worry about it. I kept a litter box in the house just in case she needed it, but I don't think she used it once during the whole pregnancy.

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It's a good thing that most infections don't transfer between our pets and ourselves. Even though they get many of the same kinds of infections and diseases as we do, they aren't passed on to us.

Bladder and kidney infections are both common in cats. I have also had cats with ear infections from time to time. Sometimes even the medications are very similar to what they use for treatment in humans but don't think you would want to use them for yourself.

Post 1

One winter my cat got a really bad cold. She was sneezing, coughing and her eyes were running. When I took her to the vet he said she was running a temperature and just had a cold.

I asked him if this was contagious for humans and he said it was not. He said the cold would just have to run its course and if it wasn't better in a few days to bring her back in.

The cold cleared up and I was glad that it wasn't contagious. She was feeling pretty miserable, and that was the last thing I needed was to catch a cold from my cat.

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