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Guest Opinion: Finding the friend for you

Original post made on Jun 19, 2020

There are many benefits to bringing a furry friend into your home. Learning about shared responsibility, increasing your exercise and activity levels, and forging a strong emotional bond are just a few...

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Posted by Rowland
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 19, 2020 at 11:45 am

I'm always surprised that no one ever mentions the health dangers associated with owning pets. Cats and dogs can pass diseases on to humans. And those with immature or compromised immune systems, such as young children and older people, are especially vulnerable to zoonotic diseases. Cats can pass on such diseases as cat scratch fever and Toxoplasma gondii. I will give you a list of the diseases humans can get from dogs as found in the Journal of Medicine and Life:

"Dogs are a major reservoir for zoonotic infections. Dogs transmit several viral and bacterial diseases to humans. Zoonotic diseases can be transmitted to human by infected saliva, aerosols, contaminated urine or feces and direct contact with the dog. Viral infections such as rabies and norovirus and bacterial infections including Pasteurella, Salmonella, Brucella, Yersinia enterocolitica, Campylobacter, Capnocytophaga, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Coxiella burnetii, Leptospira, Staphylococcus intermedius and Methicillin resistance staphylococcus aureus are the most common viral and bacterial zoonotic infections transmitted to humans by dogs."

Research seems to affirm the safety of vaccines. However, if vaccines cause inflammation of capillaries of young children, this inflammation can disrupt the brain-blood barrier allowing pathogens from the environment, such as from pet saliva, urine and feces to damage the brain causing autism. This should be considered before taking an animal into the home.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm

Always recommend making a decision that's right for you and your family. Pets can bring a lot of joy to your life!

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