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Can a dog spread diseases to cats?

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  • Answer: The Black Plague was spread by fleas, which were on the cats, so when they were exterminated one of the primary sources of the travel of the Black Plague was eliminated but fleas were also on rats.
  • Answer: Cats can have diseases for the same reason any other animal does. Often it is a result of bacterial or viral infection, but some are simply genetic.
    If you are seeking to keep your cat disease-free, the best options are to:

    1. Keep the cat indoors. It is less likely to be exposed to infected insects, fecal matter and other cats.
    2. Groom the cat regularly, taking care to check for any discolored skin, lesions or parasites.
    3. Ensure the cat has a proper diet. Too many unhealthy foods can lead to digestive problems.
    4. Always get regular checkups with the vet, at least once per year!

  • Answer: Common diseases in old cats can include: thyoid problems, kidney failure. These can often be fatal and the best way to find out about them is through a blood test at your local vet
  • Answer: Not usually, but they can get Rabies, which is contagious if they bite you or if their spit enters through open skin (a cut).
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    A disease you catch from animals are called a zoonosis. Cats can give you "cat scratch fever" (see Link). They can be sources of the fungal infection-ringworm.
    In addition their hair and dander can initiate asthma attacks. There are also parasites such as roundworms and toxoplasma gondii that can be transmitted from cats to humans.
  • Answer: Answer yes, they can share diseasesI think there are definitely some that they can share, although there are some that are just for cats and some just for dogs. To be sure, you would need to check with a qualified Vet.
  • Answer: Diseases can be spread ten ways that I know of:

    1. Through the air, i.e. by people coughing, sneezing or breathing on you. This is called droplet infection since their breath contains tiny water droplets, containing the harmful microbe. e.g. the flu and influenza.

    2. Eating contaminated food, such as chicken i.e. food poisoning.

    3. Drinking contaminated water. For example, if sewage has gotten into your drinking water you could catch Salmonella and E-Coli.

    4. During sexual intercourse diseases can be passed from one person to another, i.e. syphilis (bacterial); yeast; HPV (viral).

    5. Through a cut. For example, if you punctured your foot by stepping on a rusty nail, you could catch Tetanus which is fatal if untreated.

    6. From mother to baby through the placenta, i.e. Rubella.

    7. Through blood. For example, drug addicts sharing needles could catch HIV. (Human Immunodeficiency virus) Although the USA blood donor supply is scrutinized through massive pre-testing, recipients of donor blood can contact hepatitis, HIV, etc.

    8. By touching people. e.g. fungus or bacterial infections. Or by stepping barefoot in public shower areas, i.e. Athletes Foot which is caused by a fungus.

    9. Animal bites can spread diseases. for example mosquitoes can carry malaria and dogs can carry rabies.

    10. Depressed auto-immune systems or an existing condition which makes a person susceptible to many infections. For example, diabetes can lead to urinary infections and skin or vaginal yeast infections.
  • Answer: The reason why is also answered by How, desieses spread through bodily fluids, theres no real reason "Why"
  • Answer: Pathogens, such as Bacteria, Viruses, Prions, Viroids, etc.
  • Answer: Most diseases are spread by germs.
  • Answer: Mostly by not washing hands.
  • Answer: Communicable diseases are most often spread by microrganisms which are transferred from individual to individual by droplet contact (sneezing, kissing, etc.), sexual (bodily fluid) contact, foodborne contact, and water source contact. Sometimes skin to skin contact is sufficient, as well.