Animals/ Pets

Can My Cat or Dog get a cold from me

The pandemic has forced us to think about the transmission of diseases between animals and humans. As we enter the annual cold and flu season, pet owners are concerned about passing the infection to their pets.

It’s a good thing! Animals and humans are unlikely to be infected together. Whew! It’s a relief! Common flu and cold are usually species-specific. Each year, a couple of documented cases of a dog or cat being infected by human influenza by their pet’s caretaker. However, this is common. If you’re feeling unwell, you can continue the warmth of your pet.

Although you can rest easy knowing that you’re not likely to spread your cold with your dog or that your pet isn’t likely to be transmitting COVID-19 to you, there are some other bugs you might be more likely to catch from your pet.

Scabies (mange)Sarcoptic mange can spread from animals to humans. These tiny white mites can cause severe itching for pets and humans. Humans aren’t usually infested, and symptoms typically subside after treatment for their pet. If your pet’s skin is rash, going to the vet is necessary to determine if the parasite is Mites lice, fleas, or lice.

Intestinal parasites

Cats and dogs carry intestinal parasites that could be transmitted to humans. Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms can all be transmitted to people. A lot of species of parasites can be unique to particular geographic regions and are preventable by having a regular parasite control program. A good hygiene routine and thorough fleas control can help stop infections. Consult your vet for a plan of action to protect you and your pet.

Bacteria are resistant to antibiotics

The number of animals suffering from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections is growing rapidly due to the use of antibiotics, both in humans and animals. The diseases can be passed on to humans. Making sure you responsibly use antibiotics is essential to ensure your safety. You can help by giving your pet antibiotics only if needed and permitting your vet to conduct a culture infection when indicated. This lets your vet choose the most effective antibiotic the first time and avoid causing resistance.

If you have any concerns about what you could get from your pet, I’d like to hear from you! Leave a comment below!