Ask a Primary Care Physician: Can My Dog Get Me Sick?

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Patients often ask their primary care physicians if they can get an illness from their pet, and if you have ever witnessed your dog gets sick, then you have probably wondered whether or not you are at risk of catching what they have. It is a good idea to have an understanding of what illnesses you can catch from a dog and what sicknesses you are safe from.

About zoonotic diseases

A zoonotic disease — or zoonosis — is an illness that is passed from animal to human. The following is everything to know about zoonotic diseases, including what you can catch from your pet and what you cannot catch from your pet.

What illnesses are zoonotic?

Although it is somewhat rare, there are certain illnesses humans can get from a dog. A few of the more common zoonotic diseases to know about include, but may not be limited to, Lyme disease, ringworm, scabies, salmonella and rabies. The chance of catching a zoonotic disease from a dog is highly unlikely, but the risk goes up if an individual has a weak immune system. Even if a dog contracts a zoonotic illness, there is little reason to be concerned. However, those with a weak immune system may want to consider visiting a primary care physician just in case.

What diseases are not zoonotic?

Now for the good news - a dog cannot pass the majority of illnesses that they are at risk for to a human. These illnesses may include the common cold and other forms of respiratory sickness. The cause of cold-like symptoms in dogs is different than it is for humans, which means there is no risk of picking up the infection. Another major illness for dogs is what is known as canine parvovirus, which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. If a dog experiences this illness, humans are not at risk of getting sick from them.

How to prevent zoonosis

The best way to avoid zoonosis is to protect your dog from picking up an illness that can be passed on to you. The best way to ensure this is to take your dog to the vet often and give them baths frequently. Secondly, it is imperative to take good care of yourself as well and visit a primary care physician if any illness lingers for several days or suddenly worsens.

Visit a primary care physician for illness treatment

If you still have questions or want to learn more about the illnesses that your dog can pass to you, or have suddenly fallen ill and need diagnosis and treatment for your exact condition, contact us and schedule a time to come in for a visit. Our primary care office is willing and able to treat your medical care needs and can help you recover from illness in a timely manner, allowing you to get back to doing the things you love and enjoy in no time.

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