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RE: Cat/Dog diseases shared?

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Posted by: PHKitkat at Wed Oct 18 18:19:32 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHKitkat ]  
   

Hi There,

Mainly what you need to be concerned about are parasites, such as some worms, and ringworm, which is actually a type of fungus. You can also get ringworm from a dog or cat, so you need to do all you can to disinfect yourself if you have an animal with this problem.

I believe that it is possible for very young kittens to contract kennel cough from dogs. An adult cat wouldn't be prone to this as they have a much more advanced immune system than baby kittens.

Yes, I would think that almost all dog vaccines that protect against canine distemper would also give protection against Parvo. Please keep in mind that some breeds of dogs (such as Rotties and Pits) are prone to parvo even if they are fully vaccinated.

Tapeworms come from eating fleas, so if fleas are present, any animal is likely to get tapes. Other worms would require direct contact with, or eating of stool. I'm sure you know that pups are often born with worms.

BTW, yearly vaccines for both cats and dogs are no longer considered necessary. I realize that in some areas Rabies is required, but some vaccines have caused cancer in some cats and very serious anemia in some dogs. It may be advisable to vaccinate your dog for Parvo yearly because you take in fosters, though.

Regards,
PHKitkat


   

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