World Zoonoses Day

Pet vaccination key to prevent zoonotic diseases, say experts

Pet vaccination key to prevent zoonotic diseases, say experts

Children play with a pet in Amritsar. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, July 6

In times when a large number of households have pet dogs, cats and other animals, it is difficult for the pet owners to believe that their loved animal could pose a risk of an infection to them or their family members.

On this World Zoonoses Day, observed on July 6 annually, it is important to learn about zoontic diseases, their causes and concerns. Zoonotic diseases are the diseases or infections which can be spread from animals to humans and vice versa among residents especially pet owners.

Health experts stated that unsafe contact with a diseased animal could result in passing on the infection to humans. Ebola, swine flu, rabies and even the recent Covid infection are an example of serious and lethal zoonotic diseases.

As pets could be carrying virus, bacteria, fungus and parasites, these could also pose a threat to the health of humans especially kids who often play with them.

The health experts stated that pet owners should watch the health of their animal keenly and should never forget to wash their hands after touching the animal.

Civil Surgeon Dr Charanjit Singh said: “Apart from pet lovers, those involved in dairy, poultry or piggery should also take necessary precautions. The owners must get their animals vaccinated against the diseases for which immunisation is available.” He said routine checkup and immunisation of pet animals could be of help. He added that people should also avoid unsafe contact with animals and maintain proper hygiene conditions.

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