Are pets causing more infections? What do you think?

Are our pets causing multiresistant bacterial infections?  We just aquired our second dog, as you can see from the header.  We’ve had lots of pets over the years, rats, hamsters, fish.  This is the first time we’ve ever had two dogs at once.   Some studies say that having multiple children, living on a farm and having pets reduces children’s chance of allergies. 

Do you think pets cause this new strain of bacterial infections?

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4 Responses to Are pets causing more infections? What do you think?

  1. […] Are <b>pets</b> causing more infections? What do you think? […]

  2. jennifer400 says:

    Yes, pets are supposed to lower our blood pressure and provide emotional support.
    this is just yet another view.

  3. Anna says:

    The link didn’t work for me, so I can’t comment on pets causing resistant infections. But most of what I have read about having pets (from a contamination standpoint) is that they are good for our immune system, especially early in life, despite the old warnings about salmonella from box turtles, etc. Commn sense about hygiene prevails of course.

    When I switched my cats to homemade raw food against my vet’s advice, one of the reasons she cited was a chance that the cats would harbor pathogenic bacteria that would then make us ill (cats are not prone to bacterial food poisoning because they have highly acidic stomaches and short guts). Two plus years later, which many, many, raw chickens and chicken organs fed to the cats, having our hands licked by the cats, etc., no poisonings. Can’t say it won’t happen, but so far so good. The cats are much healthier now on this diet, so that weighs in, too.

    Great blog, by the way. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of your past posts.

  4. jennifer400 says:

    Anna thanks for your note and letting me know the link was broken. The link has been fixed.
    This is interesting! Raw chicken? Your cats must love you.
    I am a dog lover myself and don’t know much about cats.
    How can you tell your cats are healthier?

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