8 Most Common Diseases Caused By Dog Urine And Feces

Dogs are the men’s best friends forever. They are the only animal on this planet who loves human (their owner) more than himself. Even they can sacrifice their lives for you! More than 70% of the US families own at least one dog.

When you are in danger they come to protect you. When you are in depression your dog tries his best to help you to come out of your depression. Research shows when you depressed, if you stay at least 10 minutes with your dog, he will make you will feel better.  

Although there are plenty of health benefits of owning a dog. But they can also spread serious infections to humans. Dogs urine and feces are extremely harmful for human body, especially for kids & old people. So, it’s important to aware our family members (especially kids & older person) about possible infection can human get from dogs.

Researchers say, Dog urine, feces & vomit can cause serious health problems. They spread some life-threatening bacteria & viruses like Ringworm, Tapeworm, Hookworm, Giardia lambia, Salmonella, Campylobacter, Canine parvovirus etc. to human. 

8 Common Disease Caused By Dog Urines and Feces

Salmonella Infections:

Salmonella Infections also known as salmonellosis is a very common bacterial disease. Generally these bacteria live in animal intestine and spread through their feces. 

Most people become infected through contact with infected animal feces. It’s not life threatening. Most people recover within 3 days without any specific treatments. Only infected people need rest to recover.

Most common symptoms of salmonella infections are Diarrhoea, Nausea, Vomiting, Blood in the stool, Fever & Headache.  

MRSA Infections:

MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistance Staphylococcus Aureus. It can cause deadly infections in both human (especially physically weaker people like child & old people) & animal body. These bacteria are resistant to most common antibiotics. Only a few advanced & expensive antibiotics can be used to treat MRSA infections. To recover from it you have to start the treatment at the very early stage of infection.   

Most common symptoms of MRSA infections are Skin infections & Fever.

Giardiasis Infections:

Giardiasis is another intestinal infection caused by giardia lamblia. This disease can spread from dog & cat to human body through their feces. It’s not a deadly disease. Normally doctor prescribed some common antibiotics like Metronidazole & Tinidazole for 5 to 10 days to treat infected people.

Most common symptoms of giardiasis infections are Abdominal discomfort, Diarrhoea & Vomiting.

Campylobacter Infection:

Campylobacter is a common bacterial intestinal infection caused by campylobacter bacteria. Normally these bacteria lives in animal intestine without causing harm. Humans are infected through raw milk, undercooked meat & dog feces. The most effective antibiotic for this infection is Erythromycin. Currently, doctors are prescribed Erythromycin for both human animal.

Most common symptoms of campylobacter infections are bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, vomiting, headache & fever.

Canine Parvo Virus:

Dogs are the main victim of this virus. This virus mainly spread by infected dogs feces. This bacteria can also live on surfaces for long time (1 to 12 months)! Rarely human can get infected from infected dogs via stool.

Some common symptoms are bloody diarrhea, Weight loss, Vomiting & Fever.

Hookworm infection

If your dog has a hookworm infection you can get it via his stool. Hookworm lives in the small intestine of infected dogs and pass eggs via their poops. Both hookworm eggs & larve can be found in dog waste. Walking barefoot in this type of area is not safe.  

Normally, doctor prescribe albendazole and mebendazole for treatment of hookworm infections. Some people can recover without medicine!

Tapeworm infection

Tapeworm are not life threatening for both you & your dog. Its rare buy human can also infect with tapeworm via flea. So, you need to control fleas in your house. Doctor prescribed a well-tolerated medicine called praziquantel for both human & animals.

Weight loss is the main symptom of tapeworm infection.

Ringworm infection

Human can easily infect from infected dogs & cats. It’s not a life-threatening infection. If you can start the treatment at the very early stage of your ringworm infection, you will be ok within 1-2 weeks. You just need an antifungal cream, nothing else.

Some common symptoms of ringworm infection are red cracked  skin, rash & hair loss.