If you are someone that has a dog as a pet, chance are you are more wary of the diseases you can catch from them but do you know your pet could contact some from you?
Your dog is probably the first to come to your side, snuggling close to you when you’re feeling sad or sick. While this seems nice, it is best to void that as your dog could well fall sick afterwards.
While there have been only about 56 documented cases of zooanthroponosis (diseases transmitted from humans to animals) in the last three decades, it is still important to practice good hygiene, as it automatically reduces the risk of your pet catching a bad bug.
Keep your hands clean, keep your toilet bowl covers down, and reduce contact when you are sick. Here are five diseases that are capable of spreading from humans to dogs.
While it’s not common for a dog to get a staph infection from a person, but it is possible. Your dog can pick up Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by licking an infected wound on you.
If the dog has his own wound which he licks after licking you, he can then introduce the MRSA to himself. MRSA is resistant to antibiotics. So if you have it, keep your dog at a distance.
If a dog gets TB, it’s usually the Mycobacterium bovis type that comes from drinking unpasteurized infected cow’s milk. Your dog could get tuberculosis from you if he is close to your face as you cough, but it’s pretty rare.
Other scenarios include your dog licking your hand right after you cough into it, or you have a trace of mucus on your face which your dog licks. Infection of TB from a human is possible, however, but would be difficult to prove.
If you’re down with flu, your dog could come down with it, too. The symptoms will be similar; you’ll both feel achy and have respiratory issues such as coughing and sneezing, but there’s no special treatment your pup will need.
Just like you, your pet will have to ride it out, while supporting their system with vitamins, good nutrition, hydration, etc.
This common fungal infection is spread by direct contact with the skin, and your dog may get this when he rubs his face on an infected part of your body.
The fungus usually appears as a raised, red circular rash on the skin that’s sometimes flaky and itchy. Dogs can’t resist a good scratch, so you’ll need to treat the infection with anti-fungal medications.
Your dog can catch the mumps from you or your children, and he will experience general discomfort, possibly a fever, and swelling of the salivary glands. As with the flu, when it comes to mumps, only the symptoms can be treated, not the virus. Some symptoms may warrant a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory specifically for dogs.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that is transmitted through undercooked, raw, or contaminated food; it doesn’t have to be from meat or dairy, either.
Contaminated fertilizer used on fruits and veggies can contain salmonella, and you can catch it if you don’t wash those foods well. The symptoms are similar for both: diarrhoea, low energy, vomiting, and sometimes a fever. It’s another reason to wash your hands well after using the bathroom.
Usually, the bug will clear up on its own, but in some severe cases, you or your pup may need antibiotics.