It isn’t often that we consider what diseases or illnesses we can catch from our pets as it is a rare occurrence. So many homeowners have cats and dogs that are enjoyable to have around. Unfortunately, there are many germs that can catch and linger around for some time. Zoonosis is an occurrence when disease is passed from an animal or pet to a human. Within recent times these types of incidents are rare because we practice good hygiene. As pet owners we also make it a priority to take our animals to the vet for shots and checkups; but, in any case it’s best to be cautions and aware.
Worms or Hookworms are commonly found in both dogs and cats and can be found in their feces. Unfortunately, the worms hatch their eggs and transfer to any animal or human body. It can happen as easily as contact between skins. These critters were made to live inside of animals and even in some parts of the human body. They are often found in children due to poor hygiene and it can cause some uncomfortable symptoms such as a high fever and inflammation. The Hookworms sometimes reside in the liver and eye area – if they are found in the eyes and they have been there for extended period of time it could potentially cause blindness. It’s important to check your animals stool at least once a year for any signs of worms.
Veterinarians know to check for these types of conditions in puppies and kittens as it is the most common parasite found in pets at a young age. Their immune system isn’t always strong enough to fight off the worms yet it takes some odd months before a dog or cat can receives their full shots which protects them from illnesses such as these. Likewise, it is important for occupational therapists to be aware of the symptoms of any Zoonosis condition in people – such as Salmonella or Tuberculosis. There are some physical and mental symptoms that occur from the parasites why is why all medical professionals are trained to look for them and treat them immediately.
As pet owners there is an infinite amount of resources available on the internet. If you feel that you may have gotten a parasite transferred from your pet and if you are experiencing strange symptoms do as much research as possible and see a physician immediately for treatment. Anything that is transferred from an animal to a person is very contagious and should be taken care of right away. Fortunately, modern medicine kills off the tapeworm and eliminates any bug inhabiting inside the body. It’s equally as important to check up on your child to see if they are experiencing similar symptoms if you believe that your dog or cat has been exposed to hookworms.