Your pet is a beloved member of your home, but did you know that your animal can actually make you sick? The endless companionship and love a pet can give can come with a few diseases if you’re not careful. Your pet can transmit all kinds of germs and conditions, so be sure you regularly wash your hands when handling any animal or their remains. Here are 15 shocking diseases and conditions that you can get from your pet.
If you enjoy the great outdoors with your dog, be careful about sharing water. Giardia is a waterborne, one-cell organism that enjoys navigable waters. This parasite may be present in the water you and your pet swallow from lakes, rivers, and streams. Guardia will give your dog or cat a bad case of diarrhea; and it can do the same to humans.
The parasite can be cured by taking anti-parasitic medication. To avoid contracting the disease, don’t share water with your dog and be careful drinking from streams and lakes. If possible, bring both you and your pet some bottled water.