Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ask the Vet: Dog Illnesses and their Owners

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Dear Dr. Jacki:

What human illnesses are contagious to our dogs? And how can we prevent this?

As far as zoonotic diseases, I will include a link to the Centers for Disease Control at the end of the post.  There are many diseases that can be transmitted between dogs/cats to humans.  Keep your pets on heartworm preventative (therefore intestinal parasite control) and keep them vaccinated; that will help a ton.  Rabies is zoonotic as is leptospirosis and these are core vaccines that we use now.    

Here’s the link to the Centers for Disease Control:  www.cdc.gov/healthypets/Pet owners can use this resource to check for specific contagious diseases of concern to them.

Thanks for your question.

Dr. Jacki

Dr. Jacki, D.V.M.
ASK THE VET on All Things Dog Blog

For more information on Dr. Jacki and her practice, you may find her at  4 Paws House Calls. A personal appointment will likely provide more specific information on your dog and your questions.

Dr. Jacki's opinion or advice does not replace an actual exam with a veterinarian. 

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