Persons with weakened immune systems are often advised to give up their pets to avoid getting various diseases from the animals. Persons in this category include those who take high doses of steroids and others who have:
However, many patients decide to keep their pets. Therefore, the patient and their family must be aware of the potential risk for diseases that can be passed from animals to humans.
Tips if you have a dog or cat:
If you have a cat litter box:
Other important tips:
For more information on pet-related infections, contact your local veterinarian or the Humane Society in your area.
AIDS patients and pets; Bone marrow transplant patients and pets; Chemotherapy patients and pets
Updated by: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine.
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