Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonoses are animal diseases that may also be transmitted and affect humans. As you know, pets provide many benefits to us and are an important part of our family structure; they comfort us and provide loyal companionship. Learn some simple tips for preventing zoonotic disease in your home.

What every pet owner should know

Although the risk of contracting a zoonotic infection is quite low, the consequences of infections with zoonotic diseases should not be ignored.

Always dispose of your pet’s faeces promptly!

Intestinal parasites of dogs and cats such as roundworms, hook-worms and tapeworms can cause infection in people. Intestinal worming of our pets is very effective in preventing the spread of worms to humans.
Here are some tips to prevent worms:

This is a fungus and you can come into contact with ringworm via an animal or directly from soil.


This parasite lives in the intestine of infected humans or animals and their environment. Giardia can cause diarrhoea and intestinal problems.


Is a mite and when a human comes into contact with an affected animal the mites can crawl onto people or another pet. Minimal handling of affected pets until treatment is successful is the best prevention.

Cat Scratch Disease (CSD)

Is a bacterial infection which usually causes fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. It is transmitted to humans by scratches and bites. Prevent CSD by discouraging your cat from scratching and biting you; avoid rough play; keep your cat’s nails trimmed short; never allow a cat to lick open wounds on your body; and wash all bites and scratches with soap and water.

Wash your hands after touching, playing with or caring for your pet.


A final note…
Researchers have found that there are many health benefits of owning a pet.

Zoonotic diseases can be prevented by regular worming and by following good hygiene practices. By adopting the recommendations in this article your family and pets will enjoy a healthy and happy life together.