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