Contagious Diseases. Domestic animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, and swine can transmit a variety of diseases to people. These are called Zoonotic Diseases. Noteworthy Zoonotic diseases include: Cat Scratch Fever, Wool Sorters Diseases, Milker’s Nodules, Q Fever, Ringworm, and Rabies. Anthrax, Parrot Fever and Salmonella also fall into this group.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes severe diarrhea, and is a common cause of food poisoning. Chicken eggs can carry salmonella. Dogs, cats, birds and reptiles can also be carriers. Pets that carry Salmonella may or may not show signs but people become very ill. People that contract Salmonella are usually plagued with severe vomiting and intractable diarrhea which in some cases can be fatal. Transmission is by direct contact with pets, pet cages, living areas or food contaminated by Salmonella.
Preventative measures include, cleaning your pet’s living area thoroughly and washing your hands well with soap and water after handling contaminated pets, food or living areas. Be sure to contact your veterinarian and family physician for treatment.