Diseases You Can Get From Your Pets: Worms, Rabies (cont.)

Illnesses You Cannot Get from Your Pet

Although there are several infectious diseases you can get from your pet, there are many more that are not naturally transmitted from pets to humans. Because pets can get diseases that are similar to those humans get, you may wonder if you can get them from your pet.

Here are some infections that sound similar to human diseases but which you cannot get from your pet:

  • Feline leukemia
  • Canine influenza
  • Feline herpes

If you have questions about other diseases, be sure to have a conversation with your doctor or vet.

SOURCES: CDC: "National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases," "Animals,"

"Rabies Infection and Animals." "Toxoplasma Infection and Animals," "You Can Prevent Toxo," "Cat Scratch Disease," "Hookworm Infection and Animals," "Toxocara Infection," "Dipylidium Infection," "Ringworm and Animals," "Salmonella Infection (salmonellosis) and Animals," "Psittacosis," and "Lyme Disease and Animals."

Washington State Department of Health: "Psittacosis."

DHPE: "Ringworm."

AVMA: "Disease Risks for People" and "Animal Health."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Zoonotic Disease: What Can I Catch From My Cat?"

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