No messing around here, it's very important to keep your pets clean. Surely, cleanliness keeps odors away, but it also keeps germs at bay.
Pets truly are part of the family, and any diseases your pet has or parasites he brings home can be transmitted right to you and your family!
Generally you should bathe your dog once a week in warm water with a gentle dog or baby shampoo.
One often-ignored aspect of owning a pet is that he can possibly transmit parasites such as fleas and ticks and diseases to your family. These types of diseases are called zoonotic diseases.
Here are some of the more common diseases that can be transmitted from pets to humans, and how you can prevent zoonotic diseases.
The following are 7 common zoonotic diseases to be aware of, and steps you can take to prevent them and keep your kids and family safe.
Puppies sometimes carry this bacterial in their stools. It can cause diarrhea. More ick. This is why we have pooper scoopers and bags.
Campylobacteriosis is a bacteria found worldwide in the intestinal tracts of animals. In people, it causes gastro-intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever.
Young animals such as puppies and kittens are the most severely affected. It can spread to family members who come into contact with contaminated feces.
To prevent campylobacteriosis, clean up pet stools carefully - with pooper scoopers and bags, and using gloves while cleaning the cat box.
Never touch animal feces with bare hands.
Cat scratches and bites spread this bacterial disease. It can cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, los of appetite and general weakness. Kittens are more likely to cary it. To prevent this, wash scratches or bites with soap and water.
This is a bacteria found in fish and aquarium water. Exposure can result in swollen lymph glands in kids or more serious illnesses for the immune compromised. To prevent this transmission, make sure you and the kids wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning out the fish house.
Despite its name – ringworm is not a worm at all. It is a zoonotic disease transmitted from direct contact with an infected animal's skin or hair.
Dogs and cats, especially kittens or puppies, can have ringworm and pass it to people.
Diligent cleaning and hand-washing will pay off here. Regularly disinfect your home's surfaces, and make sure kids wash their hands after animal contact.
These worms are found in infected cat and dog feces. In humans, they can cause fever, cough, loss of appetite, and congestion. Never touch an animal's feces with bare hands. Period.
This bacteria, also passed through animal feces, can cause diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some 70,000 people get it each year just from handling reptiles. You can also get it from touching horses, baby chicks and ducklings.
This is caused by a parasite found in animal feces.
In most cases, you feel like you have the flu, but it can be serious for immune compromised people, pregnant women, and small children.
It’s also easy to prevent: Simply remember to have everyone in the family always wash their hands after changing litter, and don’t let your cat eat raw meat.
If at all possible, keep your cat inside so it doesn’t eat small animals. It's one of the easiest ways to prevent zoonotic diseases from finding a way into your home.