Own a pet? Be aware of zoonotic diseases

Own a pet? Be aware of zoonotic diseases

Health department asks people to know about zoonotic diseases and be safe in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo. The Tribune

Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 10

While pets, especially dogs, are considered most loyal and wonderful human companions, health experts warn against unsafe contact with them as lack of awareness about zoonotic diseases could prove fatal.

The zoonotic diseases are the diseases communicated to humans from animals.

Dr Madan Mohan, district epidemiologist, said: “Ebola, swine flu, rabies and even Covid-19 are a few of the examples of zoonotic diseases.” He said it is important that all pets kept at home are properly vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis.

“The pests could be carrying virus, bacteria, fungus or parasites, which could be easily transferred to humans in the family. It is important that health of the animal is watched keenly and one should follow all cleanliness guidelines, especially washing hands, after touching a pet,” said Dr Madan.

The district Heath Department had earlier last week celebrated World Zoonosis Day to raise awareness about the issue and released posters in this regard. The medical experts said the trend to keep pets at homes, especially dogs, has caught up recently.

“Not only the owners of pet dogs, but others who are into piggery, poultry or dairy farming must be aware of the causes and preventions of zoonotic diseases,” said the epidemiologist, adding that more awareness programmes would be organised in the district to bring the issue to the notice of residents.


Ebola, swine flu, rabies and even Covid-19 are a few of the examples of zoonotic diseases. It is important that all pets kept at home are properly vaccinated and examined by a veterinarian on a regular basis. The pests can be carrying virus, bacteria, fungus or parasites, which can be easily transferred to humans in the family. It is important that health of the animal is watched keenly and one should follow all cleanliness guidelines, especially washing hands, after touching a pet. — Dr Madan Mohan, district epidemiologist

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