In addition to making wonderful companions, pets can also be a great help in teaching kids about responsibility through feeding, cleaning, walking dogs, and so on. Unfortunately, they can also carry diseases your children can catch when in close contact with them.
Diseases your children can catch from pets
Diseases your children can catch from your dog, cat, chicken or turtle, for instance, include:
- Cat Scratch Disease
- Bubonic Plague
Fortunately, all of these diseases your children can catch from your pet can be both easily prevented and successfully treated if diagnosed quickly. Detailed information on symptoms, preventative measures and treatments can be found at prevention.com.
Then, of course, there is the risk of children being scratched or bitten by pets. More often than not, being scratched or bitten by a dog or cat you own is the result of the dog or cat being suddenly startled, frightened or accidentally hurt by a child.
Not leaving children, especially very young ones, alone with your dog or cat will help to prevent such an unfortunate incident.
There are times when dog bites cannot be prevented this easily. You or your child could, for example, be bitten for no apparent reason by a dog you do not know in a park or in someone else’s house. In such a case, the owner of the animal could be held liable for your personal injury.
Duty of care
Just like home owners have a legal duty of care to prevent visitors being injured by slips, trips and falls, for example, dog owners are responsible for their pets and must ensure they do not pose a risk to others.
If this duty of care is breached, by letting a potentially dangerous dog roam freely, for instance, or by not dealing with or warning visitors of a trip, slip or fall hazard, the
injured party would be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice