Pet owners and health care providers are advised to work toward stopping zoonotic disease which is the spread of infection from animals to humans. At risk populations include young children, seniors, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.
It is possible for all pets to transmit disease to people including salmonella, drug-resistant bacteria, parasitic diseases, and campylobacter. These infections are spread through a variety of means including bites, scratches, saliva, and contact with feces. Stopping zoonotic disease means taking care to protect yourself and disinfect surfaces.
Researchers have indicated that stopping zoonotic disease is possible through a variety of measures including:
- Wearing protective gloves
to clean aquariums, cages, and litter
- Proper hand washing after any contact with pets
- Cleaning and disinfecting
animal cages, feeding areas, and bedding regularly
- Discouraging pets from licking faces and being near dining areas
- Maintaining regular veterinary visits for all pets
- Avoiding contact with exotic animals
Stopping zoonotic disease will take effort from both pet owners and healthcare providers alike. However, a few simple steps can help reduce transmission risk and ensure a happy and healthy environment for pets and humans alike.