There are numerous benefits of having a pet. A dog or a cat can lower your stress. A dog triggers social and emotional development among children. Your pet will always give you one or the other reason to smile. When your pet is around it is impossible that you feel alone or sad. Knowing all the benefits, a pet lover should also be aware of the diseases that they get from their pet.
Contagious Diseases That You Get From Your Pet:
Toxoplasmosis: It is a parasitic infection. The parasite is Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite is commonly found in cats. The symptom of this infection starts with mild flu. It can create a fatal problem if a pregnant lady is infected with this parasite.
Prevention is the best option. Keep the litter box and living area of your cat clean, use gloves if required, and wash hands after playing with your cat.
Rabies: A highly contagious disease. It infects the central nervous system of both the animal and human. It can turn into fatal. To prevent rabies, give timely rabies vaccination to your pet.
Lyme Disease: Lyme disease spread through tick in your pet. The ticks are picked up by your pet when they are playing outside or in your yard. Ticks hide in your pet’s fur. If the same tick infects you, initially you won’t see any symptoms. Gradually the symptoms will start rising into fever, bulls eye rashes on the skin, and pain in joints. It is recommended to consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Restrict your pet from playing in grassy areas and a place not properly cleaned. Check every time when you come home after a walk with your pet whether you or your dog have picked up ticks or not.
Salmonellosis: Salmonella is found in the gastrointestinal tract of your pet. This infection doesn’t only spread through contaminated food. It also spread to you from your pet. The infection develops fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours.
Cat Scratch Fever: Cat scratch fever is also known as cat scratch disease. It is spread through the bite or scratch by the cat. The symptoms of this infection are fever, swollen lymph nodes, headache, and less appetite.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Rocky Mountain spotted fever is one of those diseases caused by a spotted fever group rickettsia. The (RMSF) spread when an infected ticks or mites bite the human.
The above mentioned infections are easily transmitted to human from their pet. You can always take the preventive measures to protect you and your pet from getting these infections.