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Can Pets Get Illnesses From Humans?

Can Pets Get Illnesses From Humans?

Many people are aware dogs and cats can give humans illnesses. Did you know you can give your pets diseases as well? Not all sicknesses are dangerous to animals, but there are a few common issues you can transfer to your pet. When you notice uncommon symptoms in your animal, it is a good idea to visit a veterinary hospital.

The process of passing an illness to your pet is called reverse zoonosis. If you don’t take your animal to the vet, the illnesses that are just an annoyance to you can be deadly for your pet. Your pet is at risk to catch strep throat, but most experts say you cannot pass a common cold or the flu to your animal. That being said, your pet can still have upper respiratory infections and intestinal disruptions. Your pets can also get mumps, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, salmonella and tuberculosis from you.

Mumps is a virus that is becoming less and less common. This disease affects the salivary glands in both humans and dogs. When dogs have the disease, it is actually called parotiditis. Common symptoms include a fever, swelling below the ear and a lack of appetite.

MRSA, often called staph infection, is an infection that is resistant to many antibiotics. This human disease can be passed to cats and dogs. Often owners who work in healthcare, are taking care of someone who has been hospitalized or have been hospitalized recently are more likely to pass this infection to their pets. Like with any disease, this will require your dog or cat to go to a veterinary hospital.

Salmonella is a bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tracts. Most humans are infected through contaminated food and water. Pets also get salmonella through contaminated food and water. Common symptoms include fever, lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, skin disease and abnormally fast heart rate.

Tuberculosis is a disease that is more likely to get passed to dogs than cats. This disease is rare in animals, but it can lead to death. Symptoms include fever, weight loss, diarrhea, coughing and vomiting. Once a dog or cat is infected by a human, there is a chance the animal will transfer it to another human. A trip to the veterinary hospital will be required for this disease.

If you notice any unusual symptoms in your pet, you need to go to a veterinary hospital. It is important to realize your pets can get diseases from you. Talk with your vet at the veterinary hospital to learn more about reverse zoonosis.For more information visit You can also connect with them on Facebook for more updates.