Humans befriended animals and made them their pets a long time ago. Although pets are fun to have around and some of them serve as the most loyal friends, you can catch terrifying diseases from your lovely pet if you don’t take care. That is why it is important to take care of your hygiene after dealing with pets; make the pet get all necessary vaccinations; and constantly check with a vet. Some pet related diseases include:
Although tapeworms are mostly caught by eating undercooked meat, they can be caught by dealing with pets. This can happen by swallowing a dog or cat flea that is infected with tapeworm larvae. The larvae then reach the intestine and develop into the lethal adult tapeworm parasite.
9. Parrot Fever
Parrot fever, medically called psittacosis, can be transferred to humans through droppings of different birds like macaws, cockatiels and parakeets. Symptoms of the disease appear in humans as muscle and joint pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, dry cough, spitting blood and surely fevers.
Roundworm is widely spread in untreated cats and dogs. Roundworms cause extremely terrifying conditions like pneumonia, fever, cough and asthma, that when entering through the digestive system or through the skin. They can also penetrate the eye causing ocular toxocariasis which have a high probability of causing blindness.
7. Cat Scratch Disease
Don’t annoy your kitten or cat because if it bites or scratches you, you might catch a disease caused by Bartonella Henselae bacteria. This will result in symptoms including fever, headache, and loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue along with other uncommon complications.
6. Toxoplasmosis Gondii
Diseases are not only bacterial, viral and worm-related; some diseases like Toxoplasmosis can be caused by protozoa that infect cats. Humans catch this horrible parasite by getting in touch with cat feces, eating unwashed vegetables or eating undercooked meat. T. gondii can be transferred from a pregnant mother to her baby through the placenta. That is why it is recommended for ladies who wish to get pregnant or are pregnant to stay away from cats, especially the cat-box.
5. Black Death
We might hear of the Black Death and other plagues as part of history, but even though plague doesn’t appear as an epidemic, it still exists. Plagues are not only caught from rats, but also from various rodents and even cats. You can notice the bubonic plague symptoms in cats appearing as enlarged lymph nodes, anorexia and fever.
Salmonella bacteria are usually caught from eating contaminated food or raw eggs. However, Salmonella can also infect people through contact with all kinds of pets, especially reptiles like lizards, snakes and turtles. Salmonellosis symptoms in humans include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever.
3. Query Fever
This fever, caused by the Coxiella Burnetti bacteria, got its name from having an unknown origin. Q fever is usually linked to sheep, goats and cattle but it can also infect various house pets. It is transferred to humans by breathing in the bacteria, drinking unpasteurized milk or getting a tick bite.
Rabies is one of the well-known pet diseases that can be easily noticed in mammals as they would have foam around their mouths and crazy eyes. Getting bitten by a rabid animal will transfer you the virus and cause you terrifying symptoms that ultimately lead to death. The best precaution against rabies is to vaccinate your pet against it.
Your pet might get this bacterial disease by drinking or getting in contact with infected water. Humans catching this disease can end up having meningitis liver failure, kidney damage, respiratory illness and even dying if not treated soon.