How Do I Prevent Myself from Contracting These Diseases
So, while scary, the good news is that you can easily prevent getting diseases from dogs and cats (and other animals) by remembering these three easy steps:
1. Vet up
Take your pet to a veterinarian at least once a year to get the vaccines and medications needed. For example, preventatives can help protect against flea and tick infestations.
2. Pick up
Pick up animal poop daily and throw it in the trash, and keep your home neat and clean (and your yard, if you have one).
3. Wash up
Wash your hands frequently, especially before mealtime.
If you’re scared enough that you want to know if you or your pet is infected, go to your doctor or veterinarian. It’s as simple as that.
Dr. Anna M. van Heeckeren is the founder of the One Health Organization, whose mission is to develop, sustain, and nurture healthy bonds between vulnerable populations and animals living together initially by increasing the number of dogs and cats owned by older adults and the disabled that receive essential veterinary and other pet care services.