7 Diseases You Can Get From Your Pets, According to Vets

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Well, we are all happy when our dogs lick our faces when they see us after a long day and we laugh out loud when we catch our cats getting stuck in different items inside our house, and of course, we love to spend time with them and play their favorite games. The truth is that they are just like our kids and we would do anything to make them happy. 

However, did you know that they can also bring some serious diseases that could be harmful to you and your family? But if you talk to your veterinarians about possible disease transmission, they could help you avoid the risk of getting sick. 

So, don’t worry because you can prevent it! Even though there are some health risks that come with having an animal in your home, it doesn’t mean that you should abandon them or not adopt one at all, because you can still have a pet, but you have to be more careful with your hygiene (which means to wash your hands properly) and to vaccinate them (and your vet will know what are your pets’ needs). 

“Zoonotic diseases (zoonoses) are those that can be transmitted between animals and people,” explains Christa Gallagher, BSC, DVM, an assistant professor of public health and epidemiology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. “Animals, whether wild or domesticated, can transmit harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi to humans.”

In fact, people who have a weak immune system, children and the elderly are at high risk of contracting a bacteria or virus from animals. This is why it is very important to vaccinate your pet or go to veterinary consultations often when you decide to adopt one. 

So, here are certain diseases that you can get from your pet! Read on for more info!

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  1. I was born with toxoplasmosis. My mom was pregnant with me and the disease (parasite) feeds on the retina of the eye and the brain.. I was lucky in that the parasite ate the retina in the right eye causing blindness and started on the left eye, (stopped) causing no damage but scars were there showing it started in the left eys. It stays dormate in the body and can reactive any time; that has occurred twice in my lifetime and doctors have been able to use a laser beam and kill the reacted cells. This disease can be carried onto my child but I have chosen to not have children to avoid this terrible disease. As stated it stays dormate in your body forever and they are now discovering that it causes cysts to grow on your vital organs such as lungs, kidneys. liver. etc. I have already found cysts on my kidneys so your certainly do not want to have this disease. It is a lifelong disease. I do not have cats and never wanted them.

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