Zoonotic Diseases



Zoonotic diseases, loosely defined, are diseases that can be transmitted from an animal to a human. These diseases can be transmitted by direct contact, by vectors or by the consumption of animals and/or animal products.

While many animal diseases are zoonotic, we are going to concentrate on the more common ones that pets can transmit to humans. Whereas the threat posed by many zoonotic diseases that occur in farm animals has largely been eliminated (at least in first world countries) through the implementation of long term public health measures based on legislation, pet animal health is less well controlled by legislation.

Thus it is up to the pet owner to take the necessary precautions to prevent the transmission of disease from a pet to a human.

Some Common Zoonotic Diseases

Roundworms & Hookworms

Toxoplasmosis

Ringworm

Rabies