Best Friends Pet Clinic

1820 Wheeler Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901



W all love our pets, right? Did you know that taking care of them also helps take care of you? Pets can carry parasites that can be transmitted to humans.

Some of those parasites are : roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and ringworm. There are several diseases that you can get from your pet - indirectly and directly. Some of those are lepto, lyme, and cat scratch disease,l

To help prevent t he spread of parasites, be sure to use a flea control product and dewormer. Tapeworms are caused by your pet eating fleas. Always pick up your pet's stool in in the yard, and public places if you take them out. Don't walk around barefoot outside or in your garden, and don't tend to your garden with bare hands. Even if your pet doesn't go to the bathroom in your garden, wild life may, and they can carry diseases.

Ringworm is not really a worm, but is a fungal infection that is very contagious.

Lyme disease can not be transmitted directly from your pet. You can get Lyme disease from ticks that your pet may carry in. A good way to help prevent this disease is to keep your pet on tick prevention. There are several flea and tick control products available.

Cat scratch disease (or cat scratch fever) is caused when you get a bite or scratch from your cat. It is a bacterial disease that is spread fro cat to cat by fleas. So again, flea prevention and control are your best defense against this disease.

The risk of getting leptospirosis from your dog is not great. However, it can be transmitted through infected urine or other bodily fluids (except saliva). There is a vaccine to help prevent lepto in your dog, but there is no vaccine for humans.

LOVE your pet, but remember prevention is the best defense. Talk to us about how to keep your pet safe and healthy. We'll be happy to answer any of your questions.