how to prevent  zoonotic diseases

No messing around here, it's very important to keep your pets clean.

How to prevent zoonotic diseases

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.

Cats are more tricky, but if they go outdoors, they should be washed once a month.

Be sure to use a shampoo specially made for cats because cats lick themselves so much they'll get some of the shampoo in their systems. If your cat spends all of her time indoors, you probably only need to bathe her once or twice a year.

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

7 Common Zoonotic Diseases and How to Prevent Them

The following are 7 common zoonotic diseases to be aware of, and steps you can take to prevent them from being transmitted to your family. 

  1  Campylobacter

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.

  2  Cat Scratch Fever (Bartonella Henselae Infection)

Cat scratches and bites spread this bacterial disease. It can cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and general weakness. Kittens are more likely to cary it. To prevent this, wash scratches or bites with soap and water. 

  3  Mycobacterium

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.

  4  Ringworm

Despite its name – ringworm is not a worm at all. This is a fungal infection caught from furry critters. 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.

  5  Pet Round Worms

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.

  6  Salmonellosis

This bacteria passed through animal feces can cause diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. You can also get it by petting reptiles, snakes, and turtles - and even horses. Baby chicks and ducklings may also be infected. 

Never let kids under age 5 pet baby chicks and ducks. Wash hands thoroughly after handling pets or pet tanks and aquariums.

Always wear disposal gloves when cleaning the cat box so you don't come into direct contact with feces.Always wear disposal gloves when cleaning the cat box so you don't come into direct contact with feces.

  7  Toxoplasmosis

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. You can get this handling cat feces but also from eating raw meat or even gardening. 

It’s easy to prevent by simply washing your hands after changing litter. Don't let your cat eat raw meat and keep him insofar so he doesn't eat small animals.

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