Diseases That your Pets Carry

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Domestic animals like dogs and cats tend to spread diseases though they are said to ease loneliness, improve mental health by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Human-Canine Bonding (Human and dog relationships) dates back to around 15,000 years ago when a dog Bonn-Oberkassel was found buried with two humans. According to a series of scientific studies conducted by Nienke Endenburg and Ben Baarda in their paper The Role of Pets in Enhancing Human Well-being: Effects on Child Development dogs are also said to help develop children’s emotional intelligence. A thesis paper found that 10–14-year-old that, students who had a strong attachment with their pets had higher levels of social-cognitive development scores, like perspective-taking abilities in comparison to students with a weak attachment to their pets.


But as dogs have a very positive impact on our life they may also have some negative impact as well. Dogs are said to be a major reservoir for zoonotic infections. Dogs carry harmful germs transfer to the person and make them sick as well. It especially can turn out dangerous for people will weak immunity. The germs of dogs can cause a variety of diseases and infections. Now let us take a closer look at some of the zoonotic diseases that can turn out life-threatening for us.

  • Brucellosis
  • Capnocytophaga
  • Bordetella bronchiseptica
  • Leptospira
  • Staphylococcus intermedius
  • Echinococcosis
  • Pasteurella
  • Noroviruses
  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Salmonella
  • Leptospira
  • Methicillin resistance staphylococcus aureus


Brucellosis is a disease caused by the bacteria from the genus Brucella. This disease can often be seen in feral and wild animals as well as humans. This disease is extremely pathogenic for humans. And humans mostly acquire this disease through the consumption of raw dairy products or infected animals. You are also at risk of getting this disease due to the consumption of placenta or birthing fluids. Goats, cattle, pigs, sheep, and dogs commonly get infected. Brucella is more often seen in Spain, Greece, the Middle East, and India. It’s seen less in America due to


People who are at risk for this disease:

People who get in close contact with animals or products infected with Brucella bacteria are generally seen to get Brucellosis. Farmers, dog owners, people who work in dairy or meat factories are seen to be infected most often. There are low chances of getting Brucellosis from a dog for most pet owners as compared to breeders and veterinary staff who are more at risk for Brucellosis since they may be exposed to tissues, blood, and fluids from the birthing process.


General symptoms of Brucellosis include

  • high fever
  • back pain
  • headache
  • abdominal pain
  • weakness
  • loss of appetite
  • coughing

Adore your pets as much as you wish But make sure their vaccination is done and they remain clean.

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