Did You Know You Can Transmit Diseases To Your Pet?

10 May, 2018

People have always said animals can transmit diseases. However, people don’t talk about the possibility of human passing diseases on to animals. It might seem a little strange because it’s a little-known fact, but the fact we can infect them is as true as them infecting us.

This strange, recently-learned process is called anthropozoonosis. Let’s see which diseases humans can pass on to their pets.

Diseases you can infect your pet with

a sick dog

Our pets can suffer from diabetes, arthritis, allergies, intestinal problems, constipation and many more. This is because we live in a stressful contaminated world. Logically, our pets are also sensitive to such problems.

For example, stress causes humans to sleep less and become nervous. Dogs, who stick close to humans, can pick up on these attitudes. They even become more violent or dangerous than usual. As a result, it is of utmost importance to take them out for long walks so they can run and burn some energy.

Likewise, when you feed human food to dogs, it can cause stomach aches and organ damage due to the food containing harmful chemicals and substances.

The following diseases can be passed on to your pet:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Influenza
  • Taeniasis

How do I know if my pet is infected?

One of the best ways to know if your pet has been infected is to observe his behavior. Any change in the way he walk, look, or behave could mean something is wrong with their body.

For example, if your pet eats grass, or doesn’t show an appetite for normal food. These means it’s best to go straight away to the vet. If you wait, think that it’s nothing important and it will pass, you put your pet’s life at stake.

Prevention for pets

However, your pet can also transmit diseases to you, so it’s recommended to follow certain preventive measures to avoid getting sick.

  • Stay healthy. Have medical check ups, for you and your family, and make sure everything is fine. Also, make sure you’re not going to get your pet sick too.
  • Maintain a healthy environment. So no one contaminates another. It’s important to maintain a healthy living space.  Keep the house clean, ventilated, and free of dust. Wash your animals bed and sheets at least once every two weeks, and do the same in places they like to sit.
  • Feed them their own food specifically the one that’s actually intended for them.
  • Use chemical free products free. As mentioned before, animals are very sensitive. Use cleaning products with little or no chemical ingredients. It’ll be good for the entire family (including your pet) to stay healthy.
  • Exercise. This is one of the best preventative measures for the entire family. Exercise is good to prevent illness and to stay physically and mentally healthy.
  • Affection. Love, affection, and patience for the entire household, including pets, will be the best way to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. You know what they say: Healthy minds, healthy bodies.
  • The fact that humans and animals can get each other sick shouldn’t be an excuse to not adopt. Remember, it is best not to buy an animal at a pet-store, but to adopt an animal who needs a family. Although, make sure to do it from an authorized place which can offer a guarantee of the animal’s good health.