Your dog just finished playing outside, and he is still full of excitement. When he sees you he jumps up on you and starts licking your face. The last thing you’re thinking about in that moment is catching salmonella, mange, E. coli, or ringworm.
Just like you can contract the cold or flu through friends and family, pets can also pass diseases to their owners. Among the most common diseases transmitted from pets to humans are intestinal parasites. This includes roundworms and hookworms. “While parasites can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets, they can cause blindness and very serious skin irritation in people,” Christie Long, chief veterinarian for PetCoach, says.
It’s important to educate yourself on the ways your pet may make you sick and take the necessary precautions to ensure that you and your best friend remain safe and healthy. This means keeping them vaccinated, watching them closely while they are outside, and checking them for ticks and fleas.