CAN I GET WORMS FROM MY PET ?
Zoonotic Disease is the official term for any disease that people can "catch" from animals.
More than 150 diseases are transmissible to people (1/3 of all known diseases!) so preventing these problems is very important.
Some of the most common zoonotic diseases are:
Toxoplasmosis (a type of coccidia)
Cat scratch fever
The National Center for Disease Control recommends that veterinarians advise their clients of the potential risk and take measures to prevent the problem. Dogs and cats do NOT get “pin worms”, nor transmit them to people, contrary to what some medical doctors suggest.
Orange Veterinary Hospital makes the following recommendations:
# 1 All pets should be dewormed yearly. It's not safe to assume that your pet is parasite-free. Even indoor pets can get worms.
# 2 Pets should be given a once-a-month worm preventative pill. This medication is inexpensive and has no side effects. As long as your pet is given the monthly pill it will be protected from all of the contagious intestinal parasites that are transmissible to people.
# 3 Pregnant women should not clean out the cat's litter box or do any gardening (working with the hands in the soil) without gloves on.
Remember the incidence of pet to human worm transmission in our area is low, so don't panic. Rather, caution is "the key".