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Can dog illness be passed onto humans?

Can dog illness be passed onto humans?

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Asked by G. Horace, Last updated: Feb 27, 2020

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H.Harper

H.Harper

Answered Feb 19, 2020

Yes, illnesses can be passed from dogs to humans, but it is extremely rare. Most illnesses from dogs cannot be passed to humans. However, a few infections can be transmitted from pets to animals. These infections or diseases are known as zoonotic diseases. “Zoonotic” means transmitted from animals to humans. A human can come in contact with ringworm, scabies, roundworms, hookworms, campylobacter infection, salmonellosis, giardia, and so on from dogs.

If a person is immunocompromised (compromised immune system), they have a higher risk of getting these zoonotic diseases. It is important that you get your dog treated when it is sick, maintain proper hygiene when carrying for the dog. Make sure your dog is kept clean at all times. With proper care and management, it is rare for illnesses to be transferred from dogs to humans.

 

Daniel Drake

Daniel Drake

Answered Feb 04, 2020

Yes, there are certain diseases that may come from your dog that will be passed on to you. There are some diseases that are called “zoonotic” diseases. These are diseases that can be passed on by animals to humans. One of the most common diseases of this variety is rabies. Rabies is actually a very scary thing, especially for humans.

The signs of rabies will not show up immediately, but the animal that is infected with rabies will also show some signs of infection. By the time that rabies becomes evident in humans, it may usually be too late because it has already reached the brain. Making sure that you take good care of your dog will be a good way to prevent getting various diseases.

 

Christian Jackson

Christian Jackson, Content Developer, Austin

Answered Jul 23, 2018

Most dog illnesses cannot be spread (or transmitted) to humans but it is possible for some fungal diseases such as ringworm to be “caught” by humans. Other diseases that are caused by parasitic worms such as tapeworms and hookworms can also be spread to humans. And some bacterial infections,

for example, Brucellosis, can be spread by the bacteria entering a wound after contact with an infected dog. However, it is not very common to catch of these diseases from your dog, so just wash your hands thoroughly and you shouldn’t have to worry.

 

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