Animal lovers know that having pets around is unquantifiably rewarding. Pets give more than they take, offering love and companionship without judgment or conditions. They’re also great company for children, teaching kids to take on caregiving responsibilities while adding a new family member to your household.


But in addition to a mutual love of play and fun, both kids and pets also share limited respect for personal boundaries. It’s natural for parents to be concerned about germs that may be passed between humans and pets, especially right now when staying healthy is more important than ever.


In this post, the Normandale Veterinary Hospital care team will talk about common illnesses that can spread between pets and humans. We’ll also talk about how to keep your family safe without sacrificing cuddle time between your family and their pets. 

Pet and Human Infections

Like humans, all animals are potentially vulnerable to potential infections, and some of these can create health problems for both pets and their human family members. Bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses can all be spread between pets and people.


These infections can be transmitted between humans and pets in several ways depending on the type of illness. A pet’s waste, dander, and saliva are all capable of transferring illnesses. In individuals with a compromised immune system, young children, elderly individuals, and pregnant women, some of these illnesses can pose a serious risk.


These are some of the most common illnesses that are transmissible between animals and humans:


●        Ringworm- Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a type of uncomfortable skin fungus that is often transferred between pets and children. Ringworm can be identified by veterinarians during a regular appointment and is treatable with antifungal cream.  


●        Roundworm or Toxocariasis- Parasitic roundworms can be transferred from pet’s intestines into the soil, where they can then be picked up by children at play. Deworming pets disrupts the life cycle of roundworms and stops them from spreading to family members.


●        Rabies virus- Rabies is potentially a fatal viral disease caused by the rabies virus, an infection typically found in wild woodland animals like foxes, skunks, and bats. Rabies interacts with the central nervous system and can occur when dogs or cats interact with wildlife.

Edina Veterinarian Care for Your Family Pet

The best way to keep your pet and your family healthy is by prioritizing regular health care. At Normandale Veterinary Hospital in Edina, we can set up your pet’s complete vaccination schedule, check for parasites, and offer routine grooming care.


Getting your cat or dog spayed will also add an extra layer of protection against diseases. Give us a call to schedule your pet’s medical treatment at 952-831-8272 or send a message to our contact page.