Animal Hospital of Warwick

2370 York Road, Commonwydds A-1
Jamison, PA 18929

(215)343-5300

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Preventing  ZOONOTIC diseases

 

Did you know that there are infectious diseases called zoonotic diseases that dogs and people can give to each other?  A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be passed from animals to humans. Common zoonotic diseases include Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Leptospirosis, Rabies, Ringworm, Roundworm, and salmonelosis. Although we are more likely to contract aliments from humans more commonly then our dogs, simple precautions, common sense and good hygiene can keep you and your dog free from zoonotic diseases:

·        Wash hands before eating, and after handling your animals

·        Schedule annual checkups and fecal exams for your dog

·        Seek veterinary care for sick dogs

·        Keep rabies vaccines up to date

·        Maintain appropriate flea and tick control

·        Avoid letting your dog lick face, food utensils, or plates

·        Seek medical attention for dog bites

·        Feed dogs cooked or commercially processed foods

·        Wear gloves when gardening or handling raw meat; wash hands afterwards

·        Cover children’s sandboxes

·        Wash fruits and veggies before eating

·        Filter or boil surface water before consuming

·        Cook meat to 160°F or 80°C