The health benefits of having a pet are numerous, but having pets can also come with some risks.
There are certain diseases and illnesses that can come from our pet cat or dog. They are known as zoonotic diseases. The good news is that the risk is relatively low and there are ways to prevent them.
The CDC compiled a list of the most common zoonotic diseases that can come from cats and dogs. They can be found at this link: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/dr-coates/2016/march/diseases-people-can-catch-dogs-and-cats-33724
Easy ways to help keep you and your pet healthy are taking them to the veterinarian regularly for physical exams, vaccinating your pet, deworming your pet regularly, and cleaning up after your pet. Using good personal hygiene is also a simple way to keep yourself protected. Always ask your veterinarian if you have concerns about your pet’s health.