Like many other Berkshirites, the Dog Blog blogger has been feeling a little under the weather lately, so she thought it would be a neat idea to post about Zoonoses! (Pronounced “zoo-no-sees”)
What in the world is a zoonosis, you ask? It sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!
A zoonosis is a disease or health condition that can be transferred between animals and people.
That’s right, there are a few bugs you can give to and get from your pets. (Don’t worry, it happens very rarely! You’re MUCH more likely to get another human sick or get sick from another human.) But, it’s always good to be in the know!
Actually, you and your dog can’t share the majority of sicknesses you come down with! Here’s just a few examples of…
Things Your Dog Can’t Catch From You
- Common cold
- Stomach flu
- Poorly thrown tennis balls
So, why can’t your dog catch your cold? Well, a lot of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other fun organisms can only survive in the bodies of certain species. Something about that species’ body (animal or human) is unique and provides them with what they need to live. So, the cold virus can (unfortunately) live and thrive happily in your body, but it doesn’t stand a chance in your pet’s.
Lesson learned? If you’re sick in bed with the flu, your dog can safely snuggle up with you while you recover! 🙂