You can get Tuberculosis from your cats and dogs

Philippines
April 30, 2007 4:38am CST
Most of us have our pets be it a dog, a cat, or other small domesticated animals. Some of us treated them like a family member. We cuddle them. We sometimes let them sleep in our bed. Or do stuffs our kids can. But do you know that we can get a number of diseases from our pets including the deadly tuberculosis? Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis can infect cats and pass them on to humans or vice-versa. Symptoms in pets include nodules, non-healing wounds or respiratory diseases. Persons who are immuno-compromised like the babies and young kids, the elderly, and those with HIV or diabetes should be cautious when handling pets.
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@mahmah (436)
• United States
30 Apr 07
That may be true but first your animal would have to be exposed to tuberculosis. Also not only could we get it from them, they can get it from us also. Tuberculosis is not really that common around here so I really don't think that me and my kitties need to worry. There are so many things that our beloved pets can pass on to us and it is also sad that they suffer from some of the same deadly diseases as human. Thank you for pointing this out to us and causing me to do some research on the subject. :)
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• Philippines
30 Apr 07
Rat infestations aruond the house can put your cats at a risk. Human carriers are also a culprit as Bovine TB is zoonosis which means as I have stated early in the discussions can be transmitted from animal to human or vice-versa (reverse zoonosis). bTB which is often transmitted by drinking unpastuerized milk can also be transmitted via air droplets like that of human Tuberculosis. Make sure your kittens don't roam outside the house where contacts with possible carriers like rats and birds are not unikely. Make sure that they housing and food is clean. And if they are sick and you find nodules in your pets it is best to bring them to the vet for treatment of any disease. But don't worry too much. TB in cats and dogs are rare and even rarer in countries hardly hit by Tuberculosis.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
I urge all strictly indoor cat owners to disregard this statement, as it is patently untrue. Cats RARELY contract Tuberculosis. Those that do are outdoor cats who live on farms. The culprit is usually unpasteurized milk, or exposure to domestic animal feces such as pig and llama. Some cats who hunt outdoors may contract it from hunting vole, too. But this is the end of it; it is extremely rare for a cat to make a human sick of Tuberculosis. Please read the following: http://www.fabcats.org/tuberculosis.html As for Dogs: Yes, they contract it more readily and pass it on more frequently than cats. But the fact of the matter is that they will probably contract it from YOU, and not viceversa. Please make sure that if you live on a farm and are immunosuppressed (I wouldn't go back to the farm if I were you!) that you do not handle any of the animals, walk in fecal matter of any kind, or engage in care of said animals. Brits, your cats catch voles all the time. Be more careful with your outdoor cats if you are immunosuppressed. But for most of us who don't live on farms, don't have outdoor cats, and are not immunosuppressed... Please give this not heed. Ester_Tasisin - sorry. I had to make my MyLot friends aware before this caused a panic in pet owners. Please site your sources in your posts when claiming something so inflammatory.
• Philippines
30 Apr 07
Human tuberculosis transmitted by infected animal is rare but a possiblity especially in immunocompromised individuals. This is what my post is about. Bovine Tuberculosis which is prevalent in animals is nothing new. And it does not only affect cattle and other livestocks but cats and dogs, too whether domesticated or wild. But just like the human strain, the bacteria is more potent during the initial treatment of the disease. This is what made transmission to human negligible because treatment is seldom recommended due to the greater risk of infecting other animals and pet's owner. Another interesting fact is that in places where Tuberculosis cases are rare like in your country and other developed ones bovine TB in domesticated cats and dogs has a low incidence. But you can not deny the fact that it exist. While there are specific strains that affect animals, all of it unfortunately affect humans. And bovine TB in cats and dogs is a zoonosis in short it can spread from animal to human causing a condition similar to human TB. And even the website (fabcats.org) you have provided mentioned the potential zoonotic risk especially to susceptible individuals in the household where there is a suspected feline tuberculosis. If you will read my post once again you will realized that I don't mean to cause panic to pet owners in general but only advice those who are immunosuppressed to be cautious in the same way as many government agency did. And I don't single out cats although I have unknowingly ommitted the other animals in one paragraph but have mentioned dogs and others animals in my introductory paragraph. My sources, however, are the official State of Michigan web site under the Emerging Diseases Issues-Diseases that may affect humans and animals category(http://.www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases/0,1607,7-186-25804_25812---,00.html), official web site of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom under the Animal Health and Welfare category (www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/tb/abouttb/otherspecies.htm#cd) and www.LAPUBLICHEALTH.ORG of the County of Los Angeles. I wish I can already make copy-and-paste here in myLot. Citing references is not that easy because I still have to switch windows just to get the link.
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I agree and feel that it is extremely important to make sure that your pets see a veterinarian regularly, to protect your family, as well as, your pet's life. Many people do not ensure that their pets are "safe" and you are right about their ability to pass on diseases... I hope that many people read this discussin and think about taking their pets to a veterinarian, if they do not currently do so.
• Philippines
1 May 07
I wanted this discussion to be an eye opener for people with pets. They should be made to realized that not properly taking care of their pets is not only detrimental to their pets' health but to them as well. Wounds, nodules and changes in your pets attitude are enough reasons to bring them to the veterinary doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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• United States
1 May 07
I understood what you were trying to say and I thought that you presented very informatively....do not let others upset you, my friend.