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Pets are beloved members of many households, and owners consider their pets to be a big part of their family. While pets play a significant role in our quality of life, they can also bring some unexpected dangers. Certain diseases can be transferred from pets to humans, either through direct contact or through exposure to their food, water, or waste. Some people are more vulnerable to the diseases that pets carry and should take protective measures to avoid sickness.

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1. Tapeworm

Tapeworm, is the common name for Cestoda, a parasite that can live in the intestines of dogs, cats, and other furry pets. These worms infect pets when they swallow fleas during self-grooming. Recognizing that your pet has tapeworm is easy; you will see tapeworm eggs, larva, or segments from the tapeworm in the pet's stool. Human infection can take place when a person accidentally ingests tapeworm eggs. Failing to wash your hands after exposure to tapeworms, consuming contaminated food or water, or consuming undercooked meat may lead to an infection. While the infection is easily treatable in both pets and humans, it can lead to serious health problems if left untreated for too long. Keeping your pets on reliable flea prevention is the best way to avoid tapeworms.

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