Top 6 Best Movies About Dogs

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Who doesn’t recall watching a dog movie while they were growing up? Although the plots varied, most movies revolved around the relationship between dogs and their owners, which never failed to tug at our heartstrings and fill us with feelings of warmth and love.

Since the dawn of film making, hundreds of movies have been produced with dogs in starring roles. Here is a list of our favorite if not best movies about dogs:

1. Benji

Benji is a cute dog who loves roaming around a town based in Texas. He leads a normal life- badgering the town’s cats and living on food handouts from shop owners. It isn’t until his two favorite humans are kidnapped that Benji gets into action. In the movie, Benji sets out to find the kids and discovers love on the journey. The movie was released in 1974.

2. Homeward Bound

If you’re a child of the 1980s, you’re likely to have fond memories of Homeward Bound! The film was first released in 1993. In the movie, three household pets feel they’ve been abandoned by their family, who one day decides to leave town. The pets decide to go an adventurous journey in search of their owners. An American bulldog, a Golden Retriever, and a sassy Himalayan cat are the stars of the movie.

3. 101 Dalmatians

This Disney classic was released in 1961 and is one of the company’s most profitable films. Perdita and Pongo are a happy dog couple living with their 15 pups and loving owners, Anita and Roger. When evil temptress Cruela De Ville decides to transform the pups into a fur coat, that’s when things go awry. This movie will take you through a whole range of emotions before triumphing in victory!

4. The Fox and the Hound

This Disney classic was first released in 1981. It’s a light-hearted story of true friendship between a fox and a hound. Through the plot, the movie tackles many complex issues, such as prejudice in society.

5. Old Yeller

Another beloved classic, Old Yeller, is a movie about how pets bestow responsibility upon us, the process of which makes us fall in love with them. More importantly, it teaches us how to deal with their loss. If you’re watching Old Yeller for the first time, be sure to watch it with a set of tissues!

6. Turner & Hooch

In Turner & Hooch, Tom Hanks (a neat freak) partners up with Hooch, a drooling, lazy but loving dog. The duo forms a police pair who set out to solve crime and wins hearts. It’s definitely a favorite amongst moviegoers!

We hope you love our list of favorite canine films. Happy Viewing!


Top 5 Books About Getting a New Pet For Kids

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Do you have a daughter or son who repeatedly requests you to get a pet? Has your child requested you to adopt a cat, a dog, a hamster, or even a guinea pig? If your little tyke’s requests for a pet are increasing, then perhaps you should consider the books listed below on getting a new pet for kids. These books will not only help your child get excited about pet ownership, but it will help them appreciate the responsibilities they can expect with pet care.

1. Lola Gets a New Pet

A favorite by Anna McQuinn, the book tells the tale of a young girl who is eager to adopt a pet cat. Her mother insists that it would require too much work. Throughout the book, Lola attempts to learn on her own about the care and responsibilities involved in owning a new cat. She does this by reading several books and even practicing cat care with her toy animals. After ample reading and practice, Lola finally feels ready to own a cat.

2. Our Very Own Dog

If your child loves dogs, then this book by Amanda McCardie is the one to read! In the story, a family adopts a new dog from the shelter. They take it home and name her Sophie. Throughout the story, the book offers small tips for dog owners, such as ensuring there is a dog tag present at all times on the collar with the phone number and address of the owner. It even provides suggestions on how to use a calm and soothing voice to relax your pet and provide new chewing toys for their teeth.

3. The Perfect Pet

This book is aimed at girls who truly desire to own a pet. Written by Margie Palatini, the story tells about a girl named Elizabeth, whose parents aren’t too keen about getting a pet for the home. In its place, they give Elizabeth a cactus. Although Elizabeth is appreciative of the plant, she tries her best to convince her parents that a pet is a better choice. It is at this juncture that Elizabeth meets a creature named Doug? Who is Doug? You’ll have to read to find out!

4. Land Shark

We all know sharks don’t make logical pets, but this book by Beth Ferry might convince you otherwise. In the story, a boy named Bobby would like to get a pet shark on his birthday. He is sure that his parents will get him the shark. However, he is disappointed when they present him with a dog. Bobby is definitely not happy. If you need to wheel in your child’s desire to own a pet and teach him about the practicality of pet ownership, then this is the book for you.

5. Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet

In this delightful story by Kelly DiPucchio, Gilbert engages with a mouse, a fly, and finally a dog. He is trying to discover the right pet for himself. However, he finally finds his best pet friend. Who might this be? The books on this list will help your child not only learn about pet ownership but also whether it’s the right choice for them.


Top 5 Books About Dogs

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Dogs have been domesticated by man for thousands of years. They have entertained us, rescued us, and become our best friends. It is hardly surprising that so much has been made of this special relationship between man and dog. In fact, some truly incredible stories have been written about dogs that are worth checking out. In particular, be sure to check these top 5 books about dogs.

White Fang and the Call of the Wild

These two books on dogs are counted among the best that have ever been written on dogs. In White Fang, the author Jack London talks about the domestication of a wild dog while The Call of the Wild is about a dog who comes to terms with life in the wilderness. Both these books are narrated from the viewpoint of the dog and will inspire readers to go searching for the exciting Arctic landscapes so eloquently described in these excellent books.

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

You may argue that there are numerous books on dogs that have been written about well-known historical dogs, but this book, written by Susan Orlean, is truly exceptional. It describes a German Shepherd who was born on World War I battlefields. He then comes to America and conquers Hollywood. After overcoming the transition to talking movies, Rin Tin Tin transforms himself to become one of the most family-friendly canines we have ever known.

Old Yeller

This well-known book on dogs inspired the 1957 movie by the same name. It describes life in Texas in the 1860s and includes all kinds of characters, including snakes and wolves, as well as bobcats and wild hogs. Old Yeller, the faithful companion of Travis, helps protect Travis and his family against various threats.

The Lost History of the Canine Race

Dogs have been a very central part of our civilization. In this book, Mary Elizabeth Thurston, an anthropologist cum author, writes about the need to treat dogs with proper respect. The book deals with the history of dogs from the time they were first domesticated. Along the way, the book describes mummified dogs in Egypt and show dogs of the Renaissance era. All in all, this book aptly and vividly describes the evolution of dogs and the special relationship they have with humans.

The Chet and Bernie Series

Written by Spencer Quinn, this is the story of a dog named Chet who, besides being an excellent sleuth, has a very special relationship with his human partner, Bernie Little. Subtly humorous, this book makes you laugh at Chet, when from time to time, he misunderstands certain words and scenarios. It is an action-packed, adventure-filled, and intriguing book punctuated with liberal doses of cheeriness and mystery.


Top 5 Best Movies About Cats

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Do you love cats? Whether they’re curled up on your lap or purring beside your ears, no day is complete without a little contact with our feline friends.

Here is a list of top movies featuring our favorite furry felines:

1. Puss in Boots

Released in 2011, the movie features a fugitive cat who partners with a seductive kitty and a childhood egg-friend. The trio is on a mission to locate eggs belonging to the legendary Golden Goose. Finding these eggs will clear Puss’s name, reinstate his honor and help regain his mother and neighbor’s trust. This animated film has an all-star cast, including Antonio Banderas, Billy Bob Thornton, and Salma Hayek.

2. Felix The Cat: The Movie

This animated film was released in 1988. An adventure, comedy, containing the wicked scientist named Duke of Zill. Using his geometric, mechanical army, he attempts to capture the Land of Oriana. This prompts Felix the Cat to protect and save Oriana’s princess and restore order.

3. Cat’s Don’t Dance

This family, the animated comedy features Danny, a determined cat who wants to make it big in Hollywood with his dancing and singing abilities. During his journey, he attempts to conquer many challenges and will stop at nothing to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star. The movie was released in 1997.

4. The Aristocats

This is an American romantic, animated, musical, adventure comedy film made by Walt Disney Productions. The movie tells the tale about an aristocratic cat family and how an alley cat comes to their aid when their butler kidnaps them to steal his mistress’s wealth, which was supposed to go the family. This film was released in 1970 and featured the voices of an all-star cast, including Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Scatman Crothers, and Sterling Holloway.

5. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

This American comedy-adventure film was released in 1993. It was a remake of the film The Incredible Journey, which was released in 1963 and was based on Sheila Burnford’s novel with the same title. The plot revolves around three pets who are accidentally left behind by the family when they leave for a holiday. Assuming that they were abandoned, the pets begin a journey heading to California to reunite with the family. During the course of their journey, they encounter many pleasant and some not-so-pleasant adventures!

This film features the voice-overs of Michael J. Fox, Sally Fields, Veronica Lauren and Don Ameche.

6. Garfield: The Movie This live-action, animated, comedy film was released in 2004 and was directed by Peter Hewitt. Based on the original comic strip by Jim Davis, it features many stars like Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Bill Murray. In the movie, Jon (played by Meyer) tries to impress his high school crush Dr. Liz (Love Hewitt), so he purchases another pet, who he names Odie. He is a dog. Garfield, who is a lazy cat is not impressed. Nevertheless, when Odie is kidnapped, Garfield and his many animal friends must set out and find him before its too late!


9 Famous Cats in Pop Culture

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From songs to television to movies, books, and comic strips, cats have meowed their way into every aspect of pop culture- and into our lives. In celebration of our furry felines, we’ve compiled a list of 5 famous cats in pop culture.

They are:

1. Salem Saberhagen from Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Salem is the beloved pet cat of a teenage witch named Sabrina and her two quirky aunts. He is essentially a warlock who is trapped inside the body of a cat who is sentenced to a century with humans by the American Shorthair of the Witches Council. Salem is most remembered for his sarcastic wit and one-liners.

2. Smelly Cat from Friends

Whether it’s Phoebe Buffay’s famous song “Smelly Cat” or the show’s numerous cat appearances, the character of “Smelly Cat” became the show’s popular ditty. It’s hard to resist singing the song once you hear it!

3. Mr. Bigglesworth, Austin Powers

Remember the famous one-liner by Dr. Evil in Austin Powers, “When Dr. Evil gets angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when he gets upset, people die!” Mr. Bigglesworth is Dr. Evil’s famous sidekick in the movie. He is often seen sitting in the Doctor’s arms.

4. Garfield, Garfield

Garfield is the famous feline comic strip character who first appeared in it in 1978. He is remembered as the lasagne-loving, lazy cat whose comic strip has grossed more than a $1 billion worldwide. It is also the most syndicated comic strip!

5. Mufasa from The Lion King

The first king of the lions in the movie, he is lovingly recalled for his bravery and courage. In the movie, Mufasa tries to teach his son about responsibility and how to distinguish between arrogance and bravery in order to achieve a balance in the circle of life. Mufasa is the embodiment of a parent- patience, understanding, wisdom, knowledge, and discipline. Mufasa’s remarkable voice is none other than superstar James Earl Jones.

6. Felix the Cat

He is perhaps the most recognizable cartoon characters in movie history, Felix first appeared during the era of silent films. His expressive tail was seen as a great example of surrealism in the making of films.

7. Hello Kitty

This cute cat made her first debut in 1974 and since then she has become one of the largest franchises in Japan and in the world. Hello Kitty is Japan’s most popular pop icon!

8. Tom from the cartoon Tom & Jerry

Tom is a beloved half in the Tom and Jerry duo. He is engaged in a lifelong cat and mouse game with Jerry. Tom’s antics and attempts to catch Jerry never failed to get viewers’ attention, even today!

9. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss This Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters and perhaps the most recollected in pop culture. Since its first publication, it has sold over 11 million copies worldwide and graces many childhood libraries.


Worm Borne Diseases in Pets

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It is quite common for cats and dogs to get infected with external or internal parasites during their lifetime. There are different ways in which a parasite can affect a pet; this could range from just irritation to life-threatening diseases, in case left untreated.

Many pet owners make the mistake of assuming that their cat or dog is free of worms if they have normal stools i.e., without their presence. In reality, a microscopic examination of the animal’s feces is required to assess the worm situation accurately. This is why vets typically ask for stool samples when pets come in for their yearly visits. When parasites like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, giardia, and whipworms are detected at an early stage, successful treatment is often successful. Common symptoms related to parasitic illness are reduced appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, “pot belly” and unhealthy hair coat.

Types Of Worms And Diseases

Some of the common worm infections in pets include the following:

Giardia: This is a parasite living in the animal’s intestines and causes severe diarrhea.

Hookworms: These could be any number of tiny parasitic worms residing in a dog’s intestine and drinking its blood, thus causing anemia. These worms have distinct hooked mouthparts that can get stuck to the host’s intestinal walls.

Heartworms: This is a worm that lives in the lungs and/or heart of cats and dogs and is transmitted via mosquitoes. The length of the adult worm could go up to 16 inches.

Lyme Disease: This bacterial disease is caused by certain organisms termed as ‘Borrelia’ and transmitted through western and eastern deer ticks (ticks with black legs). The disease can cause severe symptoms if left untreated.

Tapeworms: Numerous ribbon-like flat worms that live in the animal’s intestines.

Roundworms: These are one of the most common type of parasitic worms that are found in both cats and dogs. Adult roundworms typically find a home in the animal’s intestines. When an animal has severe roundworm infection, he will showcase symptoms like dull hair, weight loss, and a potbelly.

Treatment Of Worms In Pets

External parasites such as ticks and fleas are not very difficult to spot and pets often give away their presence by showing symptoms like chewing, scratching, and loss of hair. Intestinal parasites can be treated in several different ways. Most internal worm diseases are diagnosed with the help of stool samples and blood tests at the vet’s clinic. Treatment might include a dosage of liquids, powders, and pills, and will usually continue for about five to seven days, depending on each individual case. In certain cases, the vet might suggest repeating treatment in the gap of one and three months to destroy the parasite’s lifecycle completely.


Who is a Pet Behaviorist?

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Being a pet parent is, no doubt, an amazing experience. Pets bring fun and joy into your life. At the same time, they can be a handful. Are you struggling with getting your dog to listen to you? Is your cat driving you absolutely crazy? An animal or pet behaviorist is who you should turn to when it comes to dealing with and understanding your pets’ behavior issues. Maybe it’s just simple things like begging for food at the foot of the table or jumping at guests. These are things a trainer can help you with. But if the problem is more complex than that, perhaps it’s a behaviorist you need.

What do Pet Behaviorists do?

Pet behaviorists are trained professionals that work with pet parents and their problematic pets to modify, manage, and prevent erratic behavior. They especially come in handy when your pet is behaving erratically for no apparent reason. They study the way your pet goes about his day, tracking his comings and goings with science-backed tools. They then analyze their findings and use behavior modification techniques to help your pet.

They identify the reason behind your pet’s problematic behavior, devise a treatment plan specifically suited for your pet, teach you how to carry out the plan without any hiccups, and finally, check up on how you’re doing periodically so that there are no problems later on.

How do I Hire a Pet Behaviorist?

Similar to pet training, pet behaviorism is not a field regulated by science. This is why it’s especially important that you do your research before hiring just anyone calling themselves a pet behaviorist. Behaviorists can be a lot of help as far as your pet is concerned. But as the profession is not one that’s strictly regulated, you might find some difficulty finding a qualified and experienced professional to do the job. If you’re looking to hire a pet behaviorist, it’s advised that you look into someone who works under a verified organization.

What are the Different Types of Pet Behaviorists?

As with any profession, there are various levels of expertise when it comes to pet behaviorists. If your dog has behavior issues, you might want to consult a trainer first. If the problem persists, then you should call in a pet behaviorist to analyze the situation. There are many types of pet behaviorists in the industry that could come to your aid. There are behavior consultants, certified applied animal behaviorists, and last but not the least, board-certified veterinary behaviorists. Choose your pet behaviorist according to the degree of the problem.

Our pets bring joy and light into our lives. We all want the best for our pets. Even when they behave irrationally. There is no one better suited to find the root of your pet’s problem than a pet behaviorist trained in his field.


Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs

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Tick-borne diseases are a growing threat to the health of dogs as well as that of their human parents. Ticks may be tiny but don’t let their sizes fool you. They pack a big punch, causing big problems for our beloved furry friends. A tick is a parasite that attaches itself to animals and humans, feeding on their blood and transmitting rare and dangerous diseases into the host’s body. The disease is transmitted through the bite of the tick. Some of the most dangerous that ticks can pass onto dogs are Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis, Hepatazoonosis, and Bartonellosis.

All of these diseases have serious health effects on dogs and some of these also affect people negatively. Many of these diseases are diagnosed at an annual rate. But many are also left undiagnosed and untreated. A diagnosis can only be made through blood analysis. Dogs are most likely to be affected by ticks because they are inquisitive by nature. So wandering into meadows and forests are common for them. Furthermore, their stature is more low-lying, making them closest to the ground in comparison to humans. Here are some of the most common tick-borne diseases in dogs.

1. Lyme Disease

This disease comes from a deer tick’s bite. Although it was first discovered in Lyme, Connecticut, it can now be found all over the world. Symptoms of the disease range from lethargy, joint pain, decreased appetite, fever, and fever. These signs may take months to become noticeable.

2. Anaplasmosis

More famously known as dog fever, this infection has similar symptoms to Lyme disease with the inclusion of vomiting and diarrhea. If the infection becomes severe, your dog may also experience seizures. Deer ticks spread Anaplasmosis.

3. Ehrlichiosis

This is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world. It’s caused by a brown dog tick’s bite. Symptoms of the disease range from decreased appetite, fever, depression, weight loss, watery eyes, runny nose, bloody nose, enlarged limbs or lymph nodes, and respiratory distress.

4. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Contrary to the previous tick-borne diseases, the onset of symptoms for the Rocky Mountain spotted fever is much quicker. Allowing for early diagnosis and faster treatment. Symptoms include muscle or joint pain, fever, anemia, anorexia, skin lesions, depression, vomiting, and neurological abnormalities. This disease is spread by four ticks. Namely, the wood tick, brown tick, Lone Star tick, and the American dog tick.

5. Babesiosis

This disease is spread by the brown tick and American dog tick. Symptoms of the disease include anemia, fever, dark urine, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes.

6. Hepatazoonosis

Unlike most other tick-borne diseases, this disease is transmitted when your dog ingests an infected Gulf Coast tick or brown dog tick. Symptoms range from a runny nose, diarrhea, muscle pain, and watery eyes.

7. Bartonellosis

This infection is transmitted by the bite of an infected brown tick as well as other parasites like fleas and lice. Symptoms include fever, nausea, shivering, lameness, painful lymph nodes, and restlessness. Don’t start panicking the moment you find a tick on your dog. Not all ticks are carriers. Only those that are infected. You can prevent the transmission of tick-borne diseases by using tick prevention collars. Furthermore, there are monthly liquid treatments and pills available for the prevention of tick-borne diseases.


Most Common Parasites in Dogs

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Dogs are curious and outgoing by nature, but, if you are not careful, this can get your pet in trouble. Parasitic infections are quite common in dogs as they tend to pick up fleas and ticks when they venture outside, or intestinal worms from contaminated water, soil, food, and sometimes even feces. Some of these infections can be transferred from dogs to humans, so understanding how to identify, treat, and prevent such infections is important for both pet and owner.

The ten most common parasites that infect dogs are:

1. Giardia

It is a protozoan which infects the dog’s intestines. A dog can get infected by eating the parasite’s cysts.


Diarrhea, vomiting, or feces which emit a foul smell.

2. Hookworms

Hookworms are found in the small intestine. Common ways in which dogs get infected is contact with contaminated feces or soil, or eating hookworm eggs. Puppies might also get it from their mother, either in the womb or while nursing.


Diarrhea, appetite and weight loss, fatigue, or bloody stools.

3. Roundworms

Roundworms are also found in the gastrointestinal tract. Dogs get infected through their mother’s milk or by coming into contact with contaminated feces.


Visible worms in feces or vomit, diarrhea, stunted growth, or distended abdomen.

4. Whipworms

Whipworms infect the large intestine and are harder to detect. Unless the infection is severe, dogs usually do not display any symptoms.


Diarrhea, mucous discharge with stool, or weight loss.

5. Tapeworms

Tapeworms infect dogs when the latter eats fleas carrying tapeworm eggs. They can be detected from a stool sample when the worm discards the end segment of its tail.


Anal itching, weight loss with no reduction in appetite or vice-versa, dragging their rear end, etc.

Treatment for Parasites 1-5

The treatment for intestinal parasites is de-worming. Tapeworm is treated with a drug that’s either ingested or injected.

6. Heartworms

It is transmitted through a mosquito bite. The worms enter the bloodstream and make their home in the dog’s heart. They damage the arteries making the heart pump faster and harder to maintain blood flow.


Fatigue, low appetite, or a cough that doesn’t go away.


Treatment includes periodic pills and topical medication. Surgical intervention may be required in some instances.

7. Ringworms

It is a fungal infection that typically infects puppies, and dogs with suppressed immune systems either on account of age or illness.


Ring-like lesions on the body.


The fungal infection is treated with ointment or medicated shampoo. If the infection is severe, the dog’s fur might have to be shaved off. Oral medication may also be prescribed.

8. Fleas

Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of dogs. They can be found in and around the ears and the groin region.


Itching and scratching, loss of fur, red bumps, or flea dirt or feces.


Prescription oral or topical medications are the best way to eliminate fleas. Flea powder, shampoos, and sprays can also be used.

9. Mites

Depending on the species, mites can be found in various places on a dog’s body. They cause a skin disease called mange.


Severe itching, scabs, loss of fur, or emaciation.


It depends on the type of mite infecting the dog. Oral and topical medications, medicated baths, and clipping of fur is generally practiced.

10. Ticks

Ticks are vectors, and they carry diseases like Lyme disease, that can make your dog severely ill.


Fever, bumps and scabs, or an abnormal amount of head-shaking by the dog.


Treatment for ticks include sprays and powders, topical applications, and medicated shampoos. For tick-borne illnesses, the vet will suggest a treatment protocol after the disease is diagnosed. Prevention is your best bet. So take your dog for periodic exams to ensure parasitic infections are caught early. Inspect your dog regularly for signs of flea, tick or mite infestation, and ensure prompt removal of dog feces to minimize the chances of contagion.


Infections That Pets Carry That Can Spread to Their Parents

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We love our animals. We could even go as far as to say that our pets bring light and joy into our lives. While all this may be true, there are still some things about pets that may cause harm to their human parents — for example, infections. Infections are no laughing matter. There are numerous diseases that we could catch from our beloved animals.

Bats, monkeys, and numerous other creatures are carriers of Ebola. Ebola, which can spread to people. Pigs are to blame for swine flu, deer mice infected the Yosemite campers with Hantavirus, and mosquitos were the culprits behind the West Nile outspread. There are about 39 viruses that people can catch from animals, 48 diseases people get from a bug bite, and 42 diseases people can get from touching or eating food or water that has been contaminated by animal feces.

How do Pets Spread Infections?

We live in a world that’s filled with germs. Our pets are not immune to these germs and mostly suffer from the same effects. There are some common illnesses that house pets suffer from like heartworms, canine parvovirus, and distemper. These can’t spread to humans. But that doesn’t go for all the illnesses that our pets may suffer from. There are numerous viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that only pets carry. These can easily be transmitted to their human parents. We can get these diseases when we’re scratched, bitten, or come into contact with their dander, saliva, or waste.

Infections that Can Spread to Humans

Dogs and cats are the most popular house pets. Here are some of the infections that they carry, which can also spread to their beloved parents.

1. Cat Scratch Disease

This comes from the bacteria known as ‘Bartonella henselae’. Humans can get this bacteria when their cat bites or scratches them. Symptoms of this infection include tender or swollen lymph nodes, headaches, tiredness, and fever. These symptoms will most likely subside within a week. If the symptoms persist or the infection becomes severe, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Cat scratch disease has no long term effects.

2. Rabies

Rabies has become a cautionary tale that we tell our children to deter them from interacting with strange animals. The rabies virus is one of the most serious viruses that can be transmitted to humans through their pets. The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal or if its saliva touches an open wound. Animals that are carriers include cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats.

Other infections that you can get from your pets include rocky mountain spotted fever, campylobacter infection, ringworm, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis, etc. Our pets mean everything to us. The key is to take proper care and get the appropriate vaccinations for these in time so that we won’t have to deal with them later on.