Do we wash our hands well? Do we take sufficient care of the hygienic state of our pet? Do we rigorously monitor the conditions of their habitat? There is a real risk of disease transmission between animals and people. They are the diseases known as zoonosis. Hence, one of the main concerns of pet owners, especially when there are children at home, is “Can my dog’s disease spread to my family?”
What are zoonosis?
The World Health Organization, in 1959 proposed the definition of the term zoonosis as “diseases and infections that can be transmitted from vertebrate animals to man.” In the broadest sense of the word we should also consider infestation, since, in a large number of diseases, animals constitute the natural reservoir of infection – maintaining it and transmitting it to people -, but in others animals and humans they become infected from the same source (soil, water, vertebrate animals, and plants).
The pathogens of zoonosis can be fungi, parasites, bacteria and invertebrate animals. Although the contagion can be direct, from the animal to the person, or indirect, through contaminated soil and vegetables, food, by inhalation or ingestion.
What is the best prevention?
Zoonosis are preventable and it is convenient that we follow simple hygiene rules for our pet:
- HEALTH: We must respect and strictly follow some guidelines for deworming and vaccination of our pet. It is convenient to act on our furry by going to our trusted veterinarian to request that they make us an adequate preventive plan that includes the Double Monthly Protection for monthly protection from the most frequent internal and external parasites in our environment: preventing our pet from worms, fleas and ticks.
- FOOD: Animals can get sick by eating unhealthy food. That is why it is advisable to feed our pet with cooked meat and avoiding raw food or unwashed vegetables.
- EXCREMENTS: We must take our dog to controlled spaces to relieve himself, and whenever possible, the faces should be collected and disposed of so that they are not a source of contagion of parasites for other dogs or children, especially in parks and beaches. A clear case of contagion is when an infested dog expels the eggs of the parasite, for example, the whipworm , through feces and another pet that sniffs the ground, digs in the garbage or plays with toys that have been in contact with Contaminated surfaces could become infested with this or another parasite.
- LEISURE: It is very important to monitor the actions of our pet in open spaces and at home, to prevent them from ingesting their own feces or those of other animals, and to ensure that they do not drink puddled water or uncontrolled and dirty containers. Even indoors may be a risk of transmission of parasites, for example, by the bite of a mosquito, your furry could become infested with the parasite worm heart and, if untreated, the disease can be fatal.
- PERSONAL CONTACT: Germs or parasites can hide in the hair, saliva and nails of animals. Therefore, it is not advisable to let the animal lick us, mainly on the face. It is a good hygienic practice to have children wash their hands after playing and touching animals. In addition, it is advisable for dogs to have their own toys, dishes, beds and blankets to avoid sharing them with their owners.
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