Can My Dog Transmit Diseases to Me?

If your dog has ever suffered from a disease or infection, you may have wondered whether or not your pet could transmit that illness to you or members of your family.

At Sarasota Vet Center, we are familiar with this concern, because we are pet parents too. So, we’ll impart some of our knowledge to you!

The answer to whether dogs can transmit diseases to humans really depends, however, it is possible for dogs to transmit certain diseases to humans. These diseases are called zoonotic diseases. Fortunately, by making sure that family members take basic precautionary safety measures, you’ll be able to keep everyone happy and healthy.

What Diseases Can You Catch From Your Dog?

Of the most commonly known zoonotic diseases is rabies. Rabies is a disease that can be proven to be fatal to both humans and dogs. At Sarasota Vet Center, we will make sure that your dog is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination.

There are other diseases that you can catch from your dog, such as salmonella, ringworm, Lyme disease, and many others. In addition to the aforementioned, parasites like hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and mites, can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

Who’s Most Susceptible or At-Risk?

Overall, healthy people are not considered to be high risk for contracting an illness their dog. Those individuals who are most at risk are the very young and the very old, pregnant women, and people who are already suffering from a disease with weak immune systems.

How Can You Prevent These Diseases?

We should first note that if you fall into the categories of being at-risk doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t own dogs. Here are some tips that you’ll need to implement:

  • Apply basic hygiene measures by washing your hands regularly.
  • Avoid direct contact with your dog’s feces and urine.
  • Keep your pup’s toys, bedding, and feeding and drinking dishes cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Take preventative measures and keep your pet on medications that will ward off fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites.
  • Keep your dog’s vaccinations up-to-date.


Feel free to contact Sarasota Vet Center for any questions that you may have. Visit our website at for more information.