What is a zoonotic disease and should you be concerned?
A zoonotic disease can be caused by a bacteria, virus or fungus and it is transferred from animals to humans. Just like with any diseases, young children, senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems are at greater risk. Zoonotic diseases are on the rise in the United States, and several factors contribute to this increase; expansion of human population into wildlife habitat areas, increase in exotic pet trade and a growing contamination of drinking water.
Some of these diseases can be life-threatening, others just a little bothersome. Some of the diseases you can get from your companion animals are:
* lyme disease
If your pet is diagnosed with a zoonotic disease make sure to get information from your vet on how to protect you and your family. Also contact your doctor to see if any diagnostic tests need to be conducted on the family. Keep in mind that most of these zoonotic diseases are rare, but if you suspect that your pet was exposed to the disease then make an appointment with your vet right away.