7 dangerous diseases you may get from your pets

Pets give you love and relaxation, but they also bring about something unexpected.

1. Salmonella

This is a rod-shaped gram-negative bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tract. This kind of bacteria is the main cause of typhoid, paratyphoid, sepsis, etc.

Many people think that Salmonella can be found in uncooked or contaminated foods only. In fact, animals is another source of Salmonella as they are detected in animals’ waste, and the bacteria can easily cling onto pets’ fur.

Salmonella live in the gastrointestinal tract, and they cause typhoid or paratyphoid. Source: CDC

For that reason, you are highly advised to wash your hands carefully after touching your pets or any other animals to get rid of the bacteria.

2. Hookworms

Hookworms can be transmitted via swimming pools, dressing rooms as well as infected pets. The most observable symptoms are skin rashes, itches, fevers and coughs. At the beginning of infection, hookworms can be effectively erased by using medicine.

3. Cat scratch fevers

Bartonella henselae is a type of bacteria transmitted via scratches or bites of ill cats. If the cats lick your open wounds, the bacteria can also intrude your body easily.

Cats should be prevented from fleas as these insects is a disease vector that transmits Bartonella henselae. Source: Fully Feline

If you get infected, the wounds will swell up and turn red. Bartonella henselae often cause low-grade fevers, but in some serious cases, deaths have been reported.

4. Lyme

Lyme can be transmitted by louses living on pets. This kind of disease stems from Borrelia. Lyme’s most popular symptoms are skin rashes, fevers, muscle pains and joint pains. Seriously, in certain cases, patient’s memory is permanently affected.

In order to get rid of the disease, it is advisable that you not bring your pets to areas with high concentration of plants. Especially, you should bathe your pets regularly in spring and summer to erase the louses.

5. Worms and tape worms

Worms and tape worms are commonly called parasites. They live in the gastrointestinal tract. Their larvae are mostly found in animals’ waste. Parasites result in a series of negative impacts like diarrheas, flatulence, muscle and joint pains, skin rashes or acne. It is necessary that you wear gloves when cleaning your pets’ waste in order to protect yourself from the infection.

6. Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a type of parasite resulting in flu-like symptoms on human. The disease is caused by Toxoplasma gondii, a common parasite living inside pets, especially cats.

Normally, people with Toxoplasmosis have light symptoms which are similar to flu’s. However, the parasites’ negative impacts will escalate if the patient is pregnant. So as to avoid the infection, do not forget to wear gloves when cleaning pets’ waste and wash your hands carefully after gardening.

7. Rabies

Talking about diseases you may get from your pets, rabies should never be left aside. Rabies viruses attack the central nervous system and cause death. The best way to prevent you and your pets from rabies is to have them vaccinated and keep them away from wild animals.

Rabies is one of the most popular and dangerous diseases on pets. Source: Medical News Today

By: Chris Stewart

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