As pet owners, having a sick pet may open the door to other unwanted situations such as zoonoses. Zoonoses refer to certain diseases that humans contract from dogs such as rabies or ringworms to name a few.
This is some of the reasons why it’s important to keep your pet healthy in all aspects. While your pup may be receiving the best exercise, nutritious foods and regular visits to vets in Singapore, you could also potentially be a threat to your pup's health.
Known as reverse zoonoses, dogs are capable of contracting certain human diseases. Though this rarely occurs, it has been known to happen. While dogs are not vulnerable to all human diseases or illness, here are five diseases that your dog can contract from you.Influenza
The spread of the flu virus from human to a dog was once believed to be highly unlikely. However, it has happened before during the H1N1 epidemic. Since then, it has been revealed that dogs and cats have been identified to have a pandemic H1N1 infection from humans. Signs and symptoms in a dog are similar to that of humans such as lack of appetite and respiratory disease. Hence, if you happen to have the flu, be sure to keep a distance from your furkid until you recover.Ringworm Source: PetMD
As mentioned, this is one of the few diseases under zoonoses. However, dogs may also contract ringworm from humans. Ringworm is one of the most common two-way animal and human disease. Because of its nature, ringworm can be easily transmitted through direct contact with the infected individual or with contaminated items. If you or your pet has developed unusual symptoms of skin diseases or lesions, avoid close contact from each other until both of you have been diagnosed.Salmonella
Similar to ringworm contraction, this is also a two-way animal and human disease. Though humans usually contract salmonella from food poisoning, they can also contract it from infected animals and vice versa. Signs and symptoms of your dog having salmonella include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps - all of which are identical to human symptoms.MRSA
MRSA is a superbug that causes infections in various parts of the body and is harder to treat as it has more resistance to the common antibiotics. Humans with MRSA can spread the infection to their dogs through physical contacts such as kissing, licking or skin-to-skin contact that involves the infected area. Signs and symptoms of MRSA in dogs include itchiness, skin ulcers and discolouration of the skin. Fortunately, dogs recover from the disease within the span of a few weeks.Tuberculosis Source: Yellow Pages
Tuberculosis is an infectious respiratory disease that can affect any warm-blooded creature. There are two types of bacteria that cause tuberculosis in pets, M.bovis and M.tuberculosis. M.bovis is the cattle tuberculosis bacteria while M.tuberculosis is a human tuberculosis bacteria.
Dogs are susceptible to both these bacteria while cats have a higher resistance against M.tuberculosis but are more vulnerable to M.bovi. Because dogs are highly more vulnerable to the tuberculosis bacteria from humans, it allows for the spread of the disease from human to dog to occur through breathing or close contact with the infected individual. Signs and symptoms of tuberculosis in dogs include weight loss, coughing, diarrhoea and vomiting, to name a few.
Unlike other diseases, tuberculosis in dogs are unlikely to be treated as infected dogs are usually euthanised due to the infectious nature of the disease. Hence, if anyone close to your furkid has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, ensure that your dog is kept away from them until it’s safe. Do note that tuberculosis is also a disease categorised under zoonoses and can be spread from dog to human as well. It’s always best to take extra precaution should you suspect your dog or anyone in your family has signs of this disease.