Nov 16 , 2020
62% of households in the US own a dog. Americans are animal lovers. While owning a pet contributes several benefits to our health, let us also consider the health risks to humans. We always see these pets as lovable, cute, sweet, and so on. But did you ever stop and consider how it impacts your health?
A common bacterial infection in humans and a food-borne illness that produces inflammation, bloody diarrhea, fever, and pain. It is usually caused by C. jejuni, normally found in cattle, swine, and birds, C. coli (also found in cattle, swine, and birds), C. upsaliensis (found in cats and dogs). You may get this disease when contact with contaminated poultry, livestock or, with our household pets. Specifically, if we are exposed to stool of an infected cat or dog.
According to PetMD, around 49% of dogs and 45% of stray cats carry Campylobacter and shed it in their feces. It is most common in puppies and kittens younger than 6 months.
Your dog can get a tapeworm when it encounters or ingests a flea that is carrying the egg or larvae of the worms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flea control is the best way to reduce the risk. of D. caninum infection in both pets and humans. Most people infected with hookworms have no symptoms. The most dangerous effect of it is blood
loss that may potentially lead to anemia.
Rabies is caused by a bite from an animal infected with it. It causes fever, headache, and, weakness. As it progresses, severe symptoms may arise, including hallucinations, anxiety, and a full or partial paralysis of the body.
The most common way domestic animals can contract rabies is through a bite from infected wild animals, particularly foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. If you suspect that your pet may have been bitten by a rabid animal, immediately take them to a veterinarian, even if they have been vaccinated against the virus.
According to NEW MEDICAL USED TODAY Cat-scratch disease (CSD) is caused by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae, which can affect the brain, heart, and other organs.
Approximately 40% of cats contract this disease at some point in their lifetime. It can infect children under the age of 5 years. Additionally, individuals with weakened immune systems are most likely to experience severe symptoms from CSD. To prevent contracting CSD from your cat, be sure to wash your hands after handling your pet and quickly dispose of their feces.
The best way to avoid infections from bites and scratches is to
avoid them in the first place. If you are scratch by a cat or a dog, be sure to seek medical help right away even though their vaccines are updated.
With all these risks in mind, there is no reason why the millions of pet owners in the US can’t enjoy the companionship and joy their animals provide!