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Can You Get Illnesses from Your Pets?

Last updated 2 years ago

Most people are aware of major zoonotic diseases such as avian flu and swine flu, but did you know that dogs and cats can also transmit diseases to humans? While most common pet illnesses can be prevented through proper veterinary care, pets are still susceptible to a wide range of infectious diseases. Take a look below to see the importance of having your pet checked out at an animal hospital at the first sign of a zoonotic disease:

  • Common Diseases and Conditions

Even if a pet is living in a perfectly healthy environment and receives regular veterinary checkups, zoonotic diseases can spread from direct or indirect contact with wildlife—usually via external parasites such as fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes. These parasites can then infect a pet with cat scratch fever, Lyme disease, and even plague. Improper handling and disposal of pet feces can also expose a pet owner to intestinal parasites.

  • At-Risk Populations

Anyone is at risk of acquiring a zoonotic disease, but children, veterinary care specialists, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are all at higher risk for infection. Limiting exposure to an infected animal will reduce the risk of disease transmission, but external parasites can still infect others.

  • Diagnoses and Preventative Measures

Most zoonotic diseases are completely treatable and preventable, which is why it is important to schedule regular checkups with a veterinarian in order to spot any early warning signs of an illness. A veterinarian will also be able to provide more information about core and non-core pet vaccinations unique to Seminole County. Core vaccinations are designed to protect your pet against widespread diseases—for instance, most states require a mandatory rabies vaccination—while non-core vaccinations are reserved for pets with specific needs.

Lake Emma Animal Hospital is committed to providing residents of the Longford, Heathrow, and Altamonte Springs communities with the best in veterinary care services. Our services include pet vaccinations, pet boarding, dental care, internal medicine, and surgery. To schedule an appointment, call (407) 333-2901 or send us an online message today.


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