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10 Diseases You Can Catch From Your Pets

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10 Diseases You Can Acquire From Your Pet

10 Diseases You Can Acquire From Your Pet

It Is Your Responsibility to Keep Your Pets Healthy

As a responsible pet owner, you must do your best to love and care for your animals. Taking them to the vet for annual check-ups and preventative services is a must! With that said, this article was created as the first step towards awareness for responsible pet owners. It only gives a general overview of ten different diseases that pets can suffer from. It is most certainly not intended as a medical guide!

10 Diseases You Can Get From Your Pet

  1. Catch Scratch Fever
  2. Hookworm
  3. Leptospirosis
  4. Psittacosis
  5. Lyme Disease
  6. Salmonellosis
  7. Toxocariasis
  8. Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus
  9. Toxoplasmosis
  10. Brucellosis

Diagnosis Can Only Be Done by a Vet

Please do not try to self-diagnose your pet! This can take away precious time that might save your pet if they are indeed seriously ill. While information on the internet might be able to give you some ideas, only a licensed veterinarian can give you a correct diagnosis!

As always, if you suspect that your pet is ill, please take them to a reputable veterinarian and/or pet hospital immediately! I am not a doctor nor a veterinarian. Please do not use the information below to self-diagnose your pets!

Cats can transmit "catch scratch fever."

Cats can transmit "catch scratch fever."

1. Catch Scratch Fever: What Is Cat Scratch Disease (CSD)?

First discovered in 1889 by Henri Parinaud, this typically benign disease is caused by the bacterium Bartonella henselae. It is also known as "cat scratch fever." In 1950, Dr. Robert Debré discovered that cats are a natural reservoir for the bacterium, hence the name "cat scratch disease" or CSD.

About 40% of cats carry Bartonella henselae at some time in their lives, but you cannot tell a carrier from an uninfected cat. The bacteria is more likely to be found in the bloodstream of kittens rather than adult cats.

Symptoms of CSD

  • Swollen lymph nodes (especially around the head, neck, and upper limbs)
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

How Do You Get It?

CSD is commonly found in children one to two weeks after exposure from a cat scratch or bite. To avoid any possible CSD infections, don't "play rough" with kittens and cats, as they are more likely to scratch or bite. If you do receive a scratch or a bite, immediately wash it thoroughly with running water and soap. Do not allow your kitty to lick any open wound that you may have.

A Hookworm

A Hookworm

2. Hookworm: What Are Hookworms?

A hookworm is a parasite that has "hooks" inside of its mouth for attaching to its host. Puppies and kittens are more likely to be infested with hookworms then adult pets. This is why it is especially important for you, as a responsible pet owner, to take your new pet to a veterinarian and have them "dewormed"—a process that uses medication to kill parasites.

Symptoms of Hookworm

Symptoms of an infestation in humans can manifest in several ways. If do acquire hookworms, the larvae can travel through the body in what is known as "larva migrans." The larvae can also cause a painful, itchy skin condition when they move through the skin—how unpleasant! Hatched larvae can also reach the intestine and cause bleeding, swelling, and abdominal pain.

How Do You Get It?

People can become infested with hookworms through contact with animal feces. How is that possible? Children may be exposed when playing in dirt where a pet has gone to the bathroom. Hookworm eggs might be left behind in the dirt and a small child might accidentally ingest them by putting their fingers in their mouth. This is why it is so important to have your pets dewormed!

3. Leptospirosis: What Is Leptospirosis?

Leptospirosis is a disease caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called leptospires. Leptospirosis is uncommon in the United States but infections do happen. Dogs are most likely to become infected; while there have been cases of cats becoming infected, it is rare.

Symptoms of Leptospirosis

Infection in humans resembles the flu. Pets can receive a vaccination against Leptospirosis, but because there are so many types of leptospires, it is not 100% effective.

How Do You Get It?

The disease is transmitted via urine and other body fluids, but not saliva. Humans and animals can become infected through contact with contaminated urine (or other body fluids), water, or soil.

Rodents such as mice and rats also carry Leptospirosis, so make sure you keep any pest problems under control to minimize the risk of transmission to your pets. Also, keep your pets away from wildlife, such as marine mammals and their habitats, as they may be infected.

Birds transmit psittacosis.

Birds transmit psittacosis.

4. Psittacosis: What Is Psittacosis?

Psittacosis (pronounced "sit-ta-co-sis") is caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria. All birds are susceptible to psittacosis, including pet birds such as:

  • parrots
  • parakeets
  • macaws
  • cockatiels
  • poultry (turkeys and ducks)

Symptoms of Psittacosis (in Birds)

It's difficult to tell whether a pet bird is infected. A sick bird can show one or several of the following symptoms:

  • eye discharge or swelling
  • labored breathing
  • shivering
  • weight loss
  • lethargy
  • disheveled appearance
  • diarrhea
  • weakness

How Do You Get It?

The disease can be transmitted via the droppings of an infected bird that become aerosolized (dispersed in the air as very fine droplets or dust particles). Inhaling these aerosolized particles causes the infection.

It is important not to overcrowd birds in a cage and to arrange cages so materials such as urine, feces, food, and feathers cannot spread between them. Feeding your bird properly and making sure its cage is clean is very important!

The black-legged tick or deer tick transmits Lyme disease.

The black-legged tick or deer tick transmits Lyme disease.

5. Lyme Disease: What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacteria is spread via ticks. When an infected tick hitches a ride on a dog or horse and then jumps to a human and latches onto them, the human can become infected with Lyme disease.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Within one to two weeks of being infected, people may develop a rash that looks like a bull's eye and run a fever. They may also have headaches and muscle or joint pain. Others develop a fever and other flu-like symptoms without a rash. Some people who are infected do not show any early symptoms of the disease.

After several days or weeks, the bacteria may spread throughout the body of an infected person. Rashes may appear on other parts of the body, the pain will move from joint to joint, and signs of inflammation of the heart or nerves will appear. If the disease is not treated, a few patients will experience swelling and pain in major joints and cognitive changes months after infection.

How Do You Get It?

To protect yourself from Lyme disease, you should avoid areas that are likely to be infested with ticks, particularly during the spring and summer, whenever possible.

Tips for Prevention

  • Wear light-colored clothes: If you are going into an area where ticks may be found, wear light-colored clothes so you can easily spot and remove a tick before it becomes attached.
  • Tuck your pants in: Since ticks are close to the ground, tuck your pants into your socks and wear high rubber boots to minimize exposure. It is also a good idea to wear long-sleeved shirts.
  • Wear repellents: If the weather is hot, apply insect repellent containing DEET and permethrin—this should help reduce the risk of tick attachment. Follow the directions and apply accordingly.
  • Check for ticks: If you have been in an area where there are ticks, check for them and remove them promptly. Transmission of Borrelia burgdorferi is unlikely to occur before 36 hours after the tick attaches, so do not waste time.
  • Remove ticks: Any embedded ticks should be removed with fine-tipped tweezers and an antiseptic should be used to cleanse the area.
  • Protect your home: Reduce the number of ticks around your home and yard by removing leaf litter and bush/woodpiles. This will keep ticks from getting on your pets!

6. Salmonellosis: What Is Salmonellosis?

Salmonellosis (pronounced sal-mohn-el-OH-sis) is a disease caused by the bacterium Salmonella. Many kinds of animals can pass salmonellosis to people. People typically get salmonellosis by eating contaminated food, such as chicken or eggs.

Symptoms of Salmonellosis

Many different kinds of Salmonella can make people sick. Most people have the following:

  • diarrhea
  • fever
  • stomach pain that starts 1 to 3 days after infection

These symptoms usually go away after one week. Sometimes, people have to see a doctor or go to the hospital because the diarrhea is severe or the infection has affected other organs.

How Do You Get It?

Pet dogs, cats, birds, horses, and farm animals can pass Salmonella in their feces. When people come into contact with the contaminated feces and do not properly wash their hands, they run the risk of becoming ill.

Lizards, snakes, turtles, baby chicks, and ducklings are especially likely to pass Salmonella to people. This is why it is so important to make sure young children wash and disinfect their hands after petting animals at a petting zoo!

Tips for Prevention

Protect yourself from the risk of salmonellosis by washing your hands with soap and running water if you come in contact with animal feces. It is also important to wash and disinfect your hands after touching reptiles or any objects and surfaces that a reptile has also touched. Be extra cautious when visiting farms, petting farms, or a petting zoo.

Toxocara canis

Toxocara canis

7. Toxocariasis: What Is Toxocariasis?

Toxocariasis (TOX-o-kah-RYE-us-sis) is a zoonotic (zoonotic means "animal to human") infestation caused by the parasitic roundworm found in the intestine of dogs and cats.

Note: There are several species of roundworm that may be found in dogs and their symptoms vary in severity.

Symptoms of Toxocariasis

  • abdominal pain
  • fatigue
  • weight loss
  • skin rashes
  • asthma
  • blurred vision
  • fever

How Do Animals Get It?

Puppies usually contract them from their mother before birth or from her milk. The larvae mature rapidly in the puppy’s intestines; when the pup is three or four weeks old, it passes a large number of eggs in its feces which then contaminate the environment. The eggs soon develop into infective larvae.

How Do Humans Get It?

Infestation is possible through contact with contaminated feces. This can happen if you have to clean up your puppy's mess or if children play in/ingest contaminated dirt where the puppy has gone to the bathroom.

Tips for Prevention

  • Deworm your pets: To prevent the spread of toxocariasis, have your pets treated regularly to prevent roundworms. This a process called "deworming" and is done via medications prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after playing with your pets and doing outdoor activities. Teach children to always wash their hands after playing with dogs and cats and after playing outdoors.
  • Teach children to be safe: Teach children that it is dangerous to eat dirt or soil and to not touch their hands to their mouths if they are dirty.
  • Dispose of animal waste: Do not allow children to play in areas that are soiled with animal feces. Clean your pet’s living area at least once a week. Feces should be either buried or bagged and disposed of in the trash.
Hamsters may carry lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus.

Hamsters may carry lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus.

8. LCMV: What Is Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus?

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV) is carried by rodents. This includes hamsters, pet mice, guinea pigs, and wild rodents such as field mice, rats, and other pests. Pet rodents can become infected with LCMV after being in contact with wild rodents at a breeding facility, pet store, or home. If you intend to keep these animals as pets, be sure to get them from reputable stores or breeders!

Symptoms of LCMV

  • sore throat
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • lack of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting

How Do You Get It?

Humans can develop LCMV from exposure to rodent urine, droppings, saliva, or the nesting material of infected rodents. Exposure to the virus can also occur when these materials are directly introduced into broken skin or into the nose, eyes, or mouth or by a bite from an infected animal. The risk of infection from a pet is very rare!

Tips for Prevention

To reduce the risk of exposure and to practice general safety, remember to wash your hands with soap and water after handling pet rodents. Keep their cages clean and free of soiled bedding. When you clean their cage, do it in a well-ventilated area or outside. And although they are cute and fluffy, do not kiss pet rodents or hold them close to your face!

Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis.

Cats can transmit toxoplasmosis.

9. Toxoplasmosis: What Is Toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis (pronounced "TOX-so-plaz-MO-sis") is a disease caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii.

Symptoms of Toxoplasmosis

Most people who get toxoplasmosis do not get sick, but some people will develop swollen glands, muscle aches, and feel as though they have the flu. Women who are pregnant or are thinking about becoming pregnant should be especially careful.

This disease can infect the fetus and cause birth defects or abortion. Infants, children younger than five, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS, and people getting treatment for cancer are more susceptible to toxoplasmosis infections.

How Do You Get It?

Toxoplasmosis is passed to people from contaminated cat feces. This can happen when you clean your kitty's litter box or touch dirt where cats might have been, like soil in the garden or the planting area of your yard. Toxoplasmosis can also be passed to humans when they eat meat that is not cooked completely, especially pork, lamb, or deer meat.

Tips for Prevention

  • Wash your hands: To reduce your risk of toxoplasmosis, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with running water and soap after contact with cat feces (especially after you clean the litter box) and after gardening.
  • Recruit help: If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant or have a weakened immune system, have someone else clean your cat's litter box! Ask your partner or a relative to do it for you.
  • Keep your cat indoors: It is also wise to keep your cat indoors. Make sure that your kitty's litter box is cleaned daily and do not feed undercooked meat to your cat.

10. Brucellosis: What Is Brucellosis?

There are many types of brucellosis in animals, but most strains affect domesticated livestock, wild bison, and elk. The type that affects dogs is called Brucella canis.

Symptoms of Brucellosis

Though rare, if passed to humans, brucellosis can cause fever and may progress to endocarditis (a very serious infection of the heart).

How Do You Get It?

Brucella canis is rarely transmitted to humans because pet owners rarely come in contact with their dog's blood or reproductive fluids.

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Get help from a medical professional! Questions asked here will NOT be answered. Thank you!

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on May 04, 2015:

It's important to know about how these diseases are transmitted and to be aware they can spread to humans, too.

Tammy Watson on March 30, 2015:

You can not get Lyme Disease from your pet, unless your pet is a tick. This is wrong information.

AJ from Australia on October 14, 2013:

Sobering...

Doc_Holliday on August 12, 2013:

My Mum lost her cat to parvovirus. It was incredibly quick :-(

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

@anonymous: My cat was just acting the same way.....had a horrible fever, 106 and severe kidney infection.....hope yours is ok!

anonymous on June 16, 2013:

My cat can't move and keeps crying.What's happening to her?

anonymous on May 29, 2013:

Good to see Lyme Disease included. I caught this a year ago and although I did not react as bad as some I am still suffering the consequences. Our area was thought to be unaffected by Lyme so my doctor didn't even test for it at first. We tested our sheep and they were clean as well. Then the vet suggested testing the sheepdogs. Sure enough one had managed to be infected, we think at a farm show it went to in another area.

anonymous on May 13, 2013:

@anonymous: Yes it can make

You sick. Even the fumes can make you sick if it sits too long. Try to clean it up ASAP with out physical contact ! Use a glove and never clean up an area with out slippers or shoes, always use Lysol. Good luck and please stay healthy.

anonymous on May 08, 2013:

@anonymous: Doesn't sound like the poor pets are being looked after properly if their litter's not being kept clean. It's a wonder they're not really poorly.

BuddyFive86 on April 26, 2013:

Wow. Great lens! Dully noted!

anonymous on April 25, 2013:

Good information. I have chronic Lyme disease and Bartonella (cat-scratch fever), both contracted from a tick bite. Not fun. BUT my dog has actually been the best thing I have done for my health. We are careful to keep her and ourselves protected, but her love, empathy, and company make my days easier. This is great information...now we need a follow up of "ten ways having a pet is good for your health." :)

anonymous on April 07, 2013:

@anonymous: You sound like you're allergic to your dog. Allergies come in many froms, try Benedryl. If that work's, you've got a decision to make. Keep taking them and try taking bee pollen(helps in the long run), or find a new home. The sooner the better for him/her.

anonymous on March 23, 2013:

Regarding the toxoplasmosis. My girlfriend and myself live in an efficiency apartmentt temporarily and have 3 cats and 2 dogs. My girlfriend is not the greatest at upkeeping the litter (and my stomachs so weak, I can't get close to it) however, the litter has not been done in sometime, 4 days ago I started developing flu like symptoms, I have a horrible rash on my body, 2 days ago my gums started abcessing & this happens every time the litter gets bad. Could all this be related?

Sweetbunny LM on March 20, 2013:

Well, I love my pets anyway, good info to be aware! Thanks

anonymous on March 14, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi, my son gets the same symptoms around our dog. Even though we had dogs his entire growing up life, he has developed an allergy to them . This was determined through allergy tests by our doctor. This may be what's happening to you and certain breeds are worse than others for causing these symptoms.

anonymous on March 06, 2013:

I got my puppy in January and ever since the first week I've been horribly sick, colds and flu's non stop, I'm on antibiotics, puffers and cold and flu meds, I get horrible head aches, my glands are extremely swollen, I'm at a loss on the next step ... Please help

anonymous on January 06, 2013:

Can dog urine make persons with AIDS sick? I started using reusable/washable puppy pads this fall and they often leak. I also have to handle the wet ones a lot when I wash them. Ever since about the time I started using them my body has been producing insane amounts of phlegm and my regular nausea and diarrhea seems to have gotten worse. I don't know if it's related or if I just came down with something else at that time. My doctor has no clue and this is the only website I've found that seems to have any useful information. Thanks for help/advice.

fungusclinic lm on November 15, 2012:

I love animals so thanks for providing me good and valuable information because i have so much animals like cats, dogs, snakes and Rabbits.

anonymous on October 14, 2012:

ARE THOSE REALLY DEASEASES OH WELL I'LL PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THEM THANKS FOR THE INFO.

csk305 on September 18, 2012:

This was great information. A little scary, but informative. Thanks!

petrusdotcom on September 09, 2012:

Bloody nora, so many that is scary though.I didn't knew abt the salmonella, though it was only on food. Thanks for the info.

anonymous on September 03, 2012:

I simply love this web site. Thanks for all of the information on diseases and pets. This information will help me in training other family members on these issues.

Rose Jones on September 02, 2012:

How horrifying! I will come back here- to review these, as I am an advice nurse and except for toxoplasmosis I knew none of these. Always something to learn. great lens - pinned, google plus and blessed.........

Onemargaret LM on August 25, 2012:

Yuck! Love your lens though!

anonymous on August 08, 2012:

My husband has Brucella Bacteria. They can't seem to decide if it from Pig or camel and goat. No one wants to test the goat cheese he ate. It's pasturized you see. I have been reading that is not always a guarantee.

daniela-lofiego on August 06, 2012:

Really interesting, actually, my cat is having meds for a urinari infection, i hope it's not more than that... :(

nickybutler on July 30, 2012:

Thanks for the info, great lens :)

potovanja on July 29, 2012:

Super best article my friend. Thank you share with us...

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on July 25, 2012:

Thank you for your thorough information!

ridgeback1 on July 16, 2012:

Great content, thanks.

anonymous on July 10, 2012:

why are you asking questions, it says they will NOT be answered

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 02, 2012:

Thanks for the informative lens. My biggest fear is ticks (on my dog), but fortunately its been too dry here in the desert for them lately.

anonymous on June 30, 2012:

OMG! This stuff is so scary....my husband brought me a small puppy home from his friends house and it was infested with ticks :o( im scared now they're gonna jump onto my kids or even me im prego! But I tried my best to take em off the little guy...i hope everything turns out ok for all of us...

YogaAngel on June 26, 2012:

sooo interesting!!

anonymous on June 26, 2012:

i have a doberman that has been cured from kala azar, is there any chance that my family or kids can transmit the disease from the dog, in other words are my kids safe?

anonymous on June 26, 2012:

My lip is numb and there are circles on it.I think I might have got it from my pet beardie.What is it,what should I do?

anonymous on June 21, 2012:

@anonymous: you are dam you are stupid

missbat (author) on June 20, 2012:

@anonymous: Take her to a doctor.

anonymous on June 20, 2012:

my child has red blotches on her face, like welts. She was exposed to a cat and dog. She has a fever. what could it be?

anonymous on June 17, 2012:

i found out my 6-month old baby biting the dogs dirty toy. should i be worried?

anonymous on June 11, 2012:

i have a male guinea pig and love him dearly,he lovs to sit on my shoulder and chest and give me kisses .Am i at risk for anything? oh,he lives in my room on my dreser

anonymous on June 09, 2012:

@anonymous: Mabe you could get the LYMPHOCYTIC CHORIOMENINGITIS but it's very rare.

anonymous on May 25, 2012:

I have guinea pig here and it scratched me very hard.Do you think i will get a diseases.

anonymous on May 24, 2012:

@anonymous: Why would you get rid of them? You can have a healthy pregnancy and baby and still own animals! Just keep them up to date on their vaccinations!

jolou on May 19, 2012:

This is really good information. some of the diseases I have heard of, but not all of them.

anonymous on May 18, 2012:

i just found out i am pregnant, wr have 2 cockatiels do i have to get rid of them???

jewelenterprises on May 15, 2012:

My ex husbands brother almost died from Psittacosis. One of the pet budgies died and he carried it into the yard and buried it. Next thing he was in hospital with pneumonia caused by the bacteria. There was one night there that they didn't expect him to live through the night. Thankfully he survived but it was a close thing. Great information here. Congratulations.

anonymous on May 10, 2012:

my son is 16months as i was cleaning out the breaded dragons viv he picked up some of the sand(may have poo in did see but was not a lot but very worried what should i do ? he seems fine but only happened an hour ago

anonymous on April 28, 2012:

@anonymous: please get your child to a Dr. she is SICK

anonymous on April 25, 2012:

My Husband and son cleared out the front garden of leaves and litter and afterwards my husband had diarrhoea for 1 day and my son is on his third day now and was violently sick the first day. He is only three and has completely lost his appetite - I know the next door dog has weed in there - should I be worried?

iamlovinit on April 16, 2012:

Very good information! You do know what you are talking about - thank you for sharing!

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

my daughter step in dog poop that was already dry. Can she get any type of disease? Our dog does take heartworm meds and has had all her shots. thanks!

anonymous on March 30, 2012:

very informative site, was looking for info on bacterial infections from soil or animals as an acquaintance recently died from a rare infection.

kidoffer on March 28, 2012:

It is good to make people aware. I worked for a Pediatrician that treated some of these things and educated the parents on prevention.

anonymous on March 20, 2012:

A mostly Danish team has discovered human beings can also catch toxoplasma which is linked to Schizophrenia, as reported recently in the Wall Street Journal. this month about 2 wks ago.

infiniti99 lm on March 19, 2012:

Great lens tons of good content.Thank you for sharing

OUTFOXprevention1 on March 10, 2012:

Hygiene and infection control is a huge topic that is not often discussed when people bring on pets. How to get that education to millions would be an amazing feat.... But oh so helpful!

JoyfulReviewer on March 01, 2012:

A very informative lens ... well done!

anonymous on February 04, 2012:

@missbat: Hi been to the vet with the kitten,had to feed him a light meal of chicken,pasta and rice for a few days and slowly back onto kitten food.Did all of this and now kitty is fine.My daughter is still unwell but a friend whos worked with animals said it was unlkely tht she caught it from the kitten and most likely from school.Thing is she isn't ill as such,just not eating and poos ;/

missbat (author) on February 04, 2012:

@anonymous: Hi Lynne,

I think you really need to talk to both your veterinarian and your daughter's pediatrician, to make sure.

anonymous on February 04, 2012:

Ive recently got a kitten whos had the poos for over a week but is well now.On the other hand my 3 yr old daughter has also had the poos for over a week,very quiet and loss of appetite.Could she have got an infection from the kitten?

desa999 lm on December 12, 2011:

Amazingly informative lens that I hope every pet owner knows about.

agent009 on November 28, 2011:

Scary! I don't want fleas anytime soon.

oxfordian on October 27, 2011:

I have both dogs and cats and never knew that there was anything I could catch from them. Thank you so much for your informative lens!!

laureencownie on October 20, 2011:

Thanks for this informative lens. It's something pet owners should read. I agree that getting pet health insurance for your animals would really help to ensure that they are given with proper medication. It would also help you save health care costs when they get sick or injured.

llowrey on August 16, 2011:

EWWW! I'm glad I'm not domesticated livestock or wild bison.

lbuben on June 26, 2011:

Those are some scary diseases and but useful info.

shereck on May 04, 2011:

This is some very useful information! Great work!

NYThroughTheLens on April 25, 2011:

Frightening. Informative though. Nice lens.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on March 31, 2011:

Very informative lens to come back to. Blessed by an April Fools angel. See this featured on my April Fools Angel Blessing as soon as it is published. Your blessing is coming first. So check back.

grandma deal on March 16, 2011:

Very good lens. It's something everyone with a pet should read. I'm putting this in the featured lens module on a new lens I'm working on. Great Job.

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on February 19, 2011:

I wasn't aware of a lot these diseases! Great Info and it's so important to wash your hands after handling pets.

photofk3 on January 14, 2011:

Very important information to bear in mind for those who own pets. Thank you.

outsource123 on November 29, 2010:

A must read lens.

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2010:

Wow, you've covered some important stuff here for pet owners. Well done ~ **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

vanidiana24 on October 02, 2010:

Great topic, thank you for sharing this!

The-Java-Gal on October 01, 2010:

Very informative. Am lensrolling to my foods dangerous for dogs quiz. You did a terrific job on the pictures!

Joan Hall from Los Angeles on September 30, 2010:

This is a terrific (although disturbing) lens. I'm adding my Angel blessing and will feature it on my SquidAngel At Your Service lens.

Vladimir from Australia on September 20, 2010:

Eeeeeeeeeek! Did you have to include the picture of the hookworm? It quite turned me off my supper of poached salmon and it takes a severe shock to do that. Aside from that, I appreciate the information on diseases people can catch from pets but I often wonder if pets can catch diseases from people too.

TriviaChamp on September 14, 2010:

A very interesting read on an important topic. Well done.

Jeanette from Australia on September 13, 2010:

What an excellent lens. When my daughter got Hodgkins Lymphoma (swollen glands in her neck) one of the first questions she was asked by the doctors was had she been around any cats.

Brookelorren LM on September 10, 2010:

Very informative. Those pictures are creepy.

anonymous on September 09, 2010:

Yikes a creepy lens! LOL Excellent information laid out in an easy to follow manner, great job! - Kathy

Samantha Lynn from Missouri on September 04, 2010:

@groovyfind: Haf to come back & bless this one!

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on September 04, 2010:

Essential information for pet owners. Blessed by an Angel.

anonymous on August 01, 2010:

Thank you for the information provided....!! It was very informative!!

anonymous on July 20, 2010:

thank you very informative yet kind of scary as well

anonymous on June 29, 2010:

Very informative! Thank you!

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on February 08, 2010:

A lens every pet owner should read! 5*s and fav.

spunkyduckling on November 10, 2009:

Neatly designed lens. Well informative too. Thank you for creating it.

anonymous on September 13, 2009:

this page was very interesting but discusting and the paragraphs were well written i would think the most discusting one was the one about toxcarisis.

strayspay on September 11, 2009:

Nice lens and very helpful information.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on August 16, 2009:

Great job. I used to volunteer in marine mammal rescue center and Leptospirosis was a big problem. There were bleach dilution bins outside each pen, and we had to step through them and then clear water on the way out of each animal pen to not transfer it or bring it home to our pets.

Adrienne Jenkins on August 15, 2009:

Ughhhh. Scary pictures.

JanieceTobey on August 15, 2009:

I had not heard of all of these before, and we have several pets living in our house. Thanks so much for all the information!!

Samantha Lynn from Missouri on August 06, 2009:

Fantastic info...that hookworm looks terrifying!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on August 05, 2009:

Such an evil picture of hookworm. I was watching TV last night where people ended up with parasites that went to their brain. It was transmitted by their pets. Now I read this! Nice work!

anonymous on August 05, 2009:

Not a nice lens - but a very good one, with essential info. SquidAngel Blessings for you!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 04, 2009:

Oh me! Now I will be dreaming about the worms. Yuk. But it is good information to know and I appreciate this lens.

Bambi Watson on August 04, 2009:

very scary and interesting lens...another great reason to keep your vet appointments :-)