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What to know about disease transmission between pets and people


Last updated 12/15/2022 at 7:56am

Some pet diseases can be transmitted from dogs and cats to humans, so it is important to be aware of them. Village News/Metro photo

Just like humans, animals can develop and spread illnesses. People who welcome pets into their homes may be concerned about transmission from pets to people as well as other animals to pets. To alleviate some fears, here's some information about disease transmission among pets, people and other animals.


Heartworm cannot spread from pets to people, and humans rarely get heartworm. Heartworm cannot be caught from another pet like a cold or flu. It only spreads through mosquito bites. Two pets in the same household would each have to be bitten by infected mosquitoes to contract hear...

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