A Pet Owner’s Guide to Zoonotic Diseases

A zoonosis is a disease that can be transmitted to humans by other species. While zoonotic diseases are a concern for anyone, pet owners often have added risks. Thankfully, there are many precautions that can be taken to minimize these risks, as well as encourage the health of family member pets.

Common Zoonotic Diseases

One of the most widely recognized and feared zoonotic diseases is rabies. However, while rabies still exists throughout the world, only a few human cases are recorded in the United States each year due to our vigilance with vaccinations.

Keep reading to learn more about other more prevalent zoonoses.

Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses

Ticks carry an array of illnesses, one of the more serious being Lyme disease. Largely attributed to global warming, ticks and the diseases they carry have been on the rise, as they are now able to survive and lay their eggs year-round.