Can my pet get me sick? Zoonotic Illnesses-Covid-19

Can my pet get me sick? Zoonotic Illnesses-Covid-19

You may wonder if your pet can get you sick and the answer is simple, yes. However, do not go to drastic measures to get rid of your pet or worse. Please read the entire article to gather the correct information about Covid-19 and other illnesses.

When an animal gets a human sick it is called a Zoonotic illness. Animals can carry harmful diseases and germs that absolutely can spread to people and cause illness and sometimes death.

Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are caused by harmful germs like viruses, bacterial, parasites, and fungi that are transmittable from pets to people.

The animals or pets that carry the disease can sometimes appear healthy even though they can transfer that disease.

Zoonotic illness
There is a broad range of zoonotic illnesses. The most common are

  • Giardia infection
  • cryptosporidium infection
  • roundworms
  • hookworms
  • tapeworms
  • scabies
  • harvest mites
  • rabies
  • ringworm
  • salmonellosis
  • leptospirosis
  • Lyme disease
  • campylobacter infection

    Can my pet get me sick or vice versa?

     Did you know that Zoonotic diseases are very common? Scary enough, 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals. 

    Three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals. This is coming from one health.

    You may be wondering if you can transmit the current coronavirus (COVID-19) to your pet or if your pet can transfer it to you.

    As a dog groomer, I have thought this- People kiss💋 their dogs🐶 and then hand✋ them over to people or let them get petted. 

    However, AMVA said that they think this will not likely occur.  

    I suggest practicing social distancing with your pets as you would with your family!

    Some think that it is not possible while others are taking precautions and ordering their pets face masks. 

    1. There was a dog that tested for a weak strand of the virus.  

    2. A second dog has now tested for the virus.

    3. A third animal- Cat in Belgium
    Cat in Belgium tested positive for Covid-19
    4. A four-year-old tiger tested positive for the virus at the Bronx zoo in New York.

    Here is an article about cats and Covid-19-. It appears that cats can get the strain and some have symptoms.  Normally, this is not life-threatening.   

    There have now been other cats around the world that have become infected.

    5.  A German Shepard in New York contracted the virus

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    From the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) COVID-19 website:



    Updated as of 6 p.m. on April 5, 2020 Health officials across the U.S. and all over the world are working hard to combat COVID-19. Veterinary professionals are receiving questions from their clients and their teams, and the AVMA is pleased to be able to provide credible information and resources to assist with responses to those questions.

    As always, it’s a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals, and animal owners should continue to include pets and other animals in their emergency preparedness planning, including keeping a two-week supply of food and medications on hand.”

    Remember to appreciate the time we have
    "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own"
     Matthew 6:34

    Precautions For Pet Owners- According to Medical Daily

    Some of the precautions that pet owners can follow are as follows:

    Do not let cats outside.
    Leave your animals in good care if you have to visit the hospital.
    If you are keeping a distance from people, then keep companion animals in quarantine with you.
    Contact your veterinarians to clear doubts.

    Precautions should be made as best as possible but remember not to worry and ask questions.
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    COVID-19 And Pets: Helpful information

    Yes. The dog, a Pomeranian, is owned by a woman who fell ill with the virus and who was hospitalized. Healthcare officials tested swabs of the dog's nose and mouth for signs of COVID-19 and the results were a weak positive.

    Please feel free to comment below to share how you are handling this situation with your pet. This may help others feel confident in how they are handling their pets.

    Comment and Share. Knowledge can save a pets life

    Below is additional reading and resources on the virus

    COVID-19 and Your Pet - What You Need to Know

    Unless you've been visiting another planet for the last few months, I'm sure you're aware of the coronavirus outbreak in humans that originated in China in late December. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses capable of making both humans and animals sick.


    1. Thank you very much for addressing this issue!!! I also like how you referenced Matthew 6:34 This is a scary time for so many, but it is best not to panic and trust in GOD

    2. You're welcome! Thank you for commenting.

    3. This is so up to date and pertinent. Thank you for researching this topic. We often take our health and the health of our pets for granted. Precautions are called for and your suggestions are helpful. I, too, thank you for the quote from Matthew. It helps us keep our lives in perspective of what is truly important. Thank you!

      1. Your welcome! Thank you for commenting. I will update as often as possible.


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