Skin Problems You Can Catch From Your Dog!

Skin Problems You Can Catch From Your Dog!


By Dr. Amitoj Garg, Dermatology

Most dog owners maintain very close physical contact with the pets. They use the same furniture, they often sit with the dogs near them and some even sleep on the same bed. Such close contact may cause certain skin conditions to pass on from the dogs to the owners. If you have a pet, these are certain conditions you should be aware of and take precautions against:

1. Scabies:

This disease is characterized by red and white skin rashes that itch terribly. It is caused by mites that are found in dogs. The mites may appear to be moving under the skin where the rash develops. Scabies can be treated with prescribed lotions and anti-allergic medication.

2. Staph Infection:

MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of staph infection that can be spread by dogs. If the dog comes in contact with a person who has the bacterial infection and then you come in contact with the dog’s saliva, you get the infection too.

3. Roundworm:

Roundworm causes painful lesions in the skin and can sometimes affect the eyes too. Children who have regular contact with dogs are more susceptible to roundworm infection. The infection may also spread through the fecal matter of dogs.You can prevent this condition by washing your hands after you pet your dog or handle its feces. If you have a pet at home, it is beneficial if you wash your hands rigorously before every meal.

4. Ringworm:

Ringworm or dermatophytosis is a fungal infection that creates round and itchy patches of red skin. The disease is highly contagious and you should treat your dog immediately if you notice symptoms such as skin lesions, hair loss and excessive itching.

5. Zoophilia:

Zoophilia is an infectious disease of animals (usually vertebrates) that can naturally be transmitted to humans. Zoonoses have different modes of transmission. In direct zoonosis, the disease is directly transmitted from animals to humans through media such as air (influenza) or through bites and saliva (rabies). In contrast, transmission can also occur via an intermediate species (referred to as a vector), which carry the disease pathogen without getting infected. When humans infect animals, it is called reverse zoonosis or anthroponosis.