Can Your Pets Infect You with Illnesses? [Video from CTV]
We encourage our readers to check out a great video from CTV Canada AM, where the hosts talk about our pets passing illnesses to us. Although most people don’t think about it, pets can give humans their infections, like bacterial infections or certain parasitic infections. These infections are called zoonoses.
The video mentions some “high risk groups” that should be particularly mindful of infections from pets. High risk individuals include people who:
- Are very young
- Are elderly (over the age of 65)
- Have existing illnesses
- Have a compromised autoimmune system
- Are pregnant women
Click here to view the video (only three and a half minutes!). It also gives some good tips on avoiding pet-borne disease.
This is not cause for alarm. It is our goal to provide you with preventive information regarding all aspects of pet care (including zoonoses), so you are aware of simple sanitary practices to help keep your family and pets safe.
Please also see One Health Initiative for information about ongoing work done worldwide regarding these issues.
What do you think? Have you ever worried about your pet passing on an infection?
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