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Can my pet give me a disease?

Susan Evans
Dermatology
Domestic pets are animals, which means they have the potential of carrying many diseases no matter how well you care for them. While it is not always easy to transmit a disease from animal to person, it does happen. These diseases, called zoonotic diseases, are usually, but not always, easily treatable. Pregnant women, children, the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system need to be extra careful around pets and farm animals because they are more susceptible to receiving the disease.

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