*Uh oh. According to some of the warning in a recent review from The Ohio State University, our days may be numbered.
“Our” meaning those of us with pets. Those of us who allow our cute little doggie to lick our face. Those of us who let our cats snuggle up to us in bed.
According to the university’s recent findings, there are at least 5 diseases we might want to watch out for.
The Centers for Disease Control talks about a Colorado man who caught the plague from his pit bull terrier. Yeah, that same plague that wiped out hordes of folks way-back-when. But hold on. The man is said to have survived. It was the poor pup that wasn’t so lucky.
Jason Stull, Ph.D., is the author of the OSU study, and he claims because it’s hard to track an illness to its source, no one knows exactly how common it is for animals to infect people.
So most pet owners may have little need to panic. At least not about the plague—the Colorado case was the first and only one ever reported.
Overall, the risks are relatively small for the average person,” according to Stull.
But rare is still far from nonexistent.
So researchers combed through more than 500 studies to find out what diseases we can most readily catch from our dog or cat.
They came up with these 5, which are more common than rabies.
1. Stomach Bug
Belly feeling a bit queasy after playing with kitty?
A germ called Campylobacter jejuni causes diarrhea, vomiting, and fever—and it can be spread via cat and dog poop.
“Bacteria and organisms in feces can get on our hands and, through day-to-day living, can inadvertently get in our mouths,” says Stull.
Now that’s not to say you are using the dog or cat’s poop like a hand lotion. After all, that’s just nasty. But say your doggie does his famous butt-scoot on your couch. The you’re just innocently sitting on your coach watching TV; with your hands just resting on that spot.
Do I sound like I know what I’m talking about? (Side-eye here).
Damn straight. Watch out. You’ve been warned.
(Make sure you know The Right Way to Wash Your Hands.)
2. Cat Scratch Fever
Ever heard of cat scratch fever? You have now.
Dang, I get scratched by my cat every damn day!
Hope I don’t contract Bartonella – the bacterium that causes fever and swollen lymph nodes.
The germs live in flea poop. OK wait! So you mean to tell me my cat, who is scratching herself every second, could have flea poop on her claws? I’d better make sure she is up to date on her flea meds, according to Mr. Stull.
Holy mackeral! Stop the presses!! You mean I’m going to have to stop Fido from giving me sweet kisses?
According to this OSU Review, its something you may want to strongly consider!
Inside that slobber lies a bacteria called Pasteurella multocida. And it can cause swollen lymph nodes, fever, and, in rare cases, meningitis. It lives in the mouths of cats and dogs and can infect you if your pet bites you or licks your nose, mouth, or eyes.
Oh I SO gone!
If you want to cut your chances of getting sick, consider weaning boo-boo off those face smooches.
Not so fast! You’ve come this far, you may as well go a bit farther to learn the last two of the risky behaviors.
Who’da thunk our sweet little four-legged family members’ affections could actually be harmful? I can’t do without their charms. What’s a mommy to do? If you’re anything like me, we’d better think of some safe alternatives…with a quickness!