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Are ringworms from cats and dogs?

Are ringworms from cats and dogs?

Yes....but: Ringworm is just a lay term for a fungus that can be found in many sites. Furry animals, dirt & humans are the main carriers that infect humans. Before you give away fido or kitty be aware they are not the only source. ...Read more

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How do guide dogs help ?

How do guide dogs help ?

Special training: They help blind people get around, and avoid obstacles. They an even help them cross the street by knowing when traffic is approaching. ...Read more

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Can humans get blastomycosis from dogs?

Can humans get blastomycosis from dogs?

Yes by dog bites: Blastomycosis is usually acquired by inhalation of conidia into the lungs. Primary cutaneous blastomycosis has occurred after accidental innoculation in the lab, at autopsy and after dog bites. ...Read more

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How can I know if I am allergic to dogs?

How can I know if I am allergic to dogs?

History and testing: If allergy symptoms develop invariably each time a person is exposed 2 dogs or a place where dogs live, skin allergy testing / rast blood testing. ...Read more

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Could i become allergic to dogs suddenly?

Could i become allergic to dogs suddenly?

Yes: You can develop a new allergy at any age. Skin or blood testing is available for dogs. You can see an allergist and get tested if you wish. ...Read more

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Can you get coxsackie from cats and dogs?

Can you get coxsackie from cats and dogs?

Not from that: It causes hand, foot and mouth disease, which is a viral infection usually in kids.It causes a blister-like rash on the affected parts. You may be thinking of hoof and mouth disease that effects cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and deer. ...Read more

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How to deal if you're allergic to dogs and cats?

How to deal if you're allergic to dogs and cats?

Three options: There are three treatment for allergies: avoidance, medications and immunotherapy. If avoidance and medications are not helpful, then allergy vaccine therapy may be the next option and potentially could be curative. ...Read more

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Can children and dogs pass ringworms to each other?

Ring worm: Ringworms are not worms but is a fungus infection located on the skin. The infection can be passed from animal to child and vice versa. See your doctor or your vet if you suspect ringworm infection of the skin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to only be allergic to certain dogs?

Is it possible to only be allergic to certain dogs?

A myth: There are certain dogs that will not cause manifest symptoms, but if allergic you are allergic. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you are allergic to dogs or cats?

How can you tell if you are allergic to dogs or cats?

Allergy sympoms: When you enter a house with dog or cat you will start sneezing, the nose runs and eyes itch and some times you may develop more severe symptoms. After petting a dog or cat if you touch your eyes they may swell up, get puffy, run and itch. If you a pet at home and are allergic to it, you will feel the allergy symptoms begin when you come home. ...Read more

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Is it true that dogs can tell if someone has a tumor?

Is it true that dogs can tell if someone has a tumor?

May be, not sure: There is some research going on in this area. Right now we do not have proof that Dogs can help diagnose Cancer. They do have exquistive sense of smell and discrimination....so theoretically it is possible that dogs may some day help us with this problem. ...Read more

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Are ringworms from cats and dogs? What about other pets?

Are ringworms from cats and dogs?  What about other pets?

Yes, sometimes: Ringworm, or tinea, is caused by a fungal infection in the skin (not a worm as the name suggests!). In most cases, the fungal infection is from a dermatophyte, which is a skin fungus that only affects humans. Sometimes, tinea can come from fungus that usually infects cats and dogs, and even pigs, horses, and other animals. It is transmitted via direct contact and fortunately easily treatable. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to dogs am i also allergic to guinea pigs?

If i'm allergic to dogs am i also allergic to guinea pigs?

No: If one is allergic to dogs one is not necessarily allergic to guinea pigs. ...Read more

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What is the best way to protect yourself from dogs walking?

What is the best way to protect yourself from dogs walking?

Be confident: Dogs, like all pack animals, respond to fear or confidence. Be confident and most dogs will leave you alone. Try to avoid eye contact with them, and if you cannot, command them with a loud command. ...Read more

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Allergic to dogs but there is a dog in my house. What can I do?

Dog allergy: See an allergist, get tested and see if you are a candidate for allergen immunotherapy, you will become tolerant to your dog and can therefore live with it better. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be less allergic to pets over time? Ie dogs or cats

Is it possible to be less allergic to pets over time? Ie dogs or cats

Yes possible but not: Yes it is possible and it can happen, you can develop allergy after you are exposed to the animals in some people but it is not universal
pet allergies have to be treated seriously by an allergist if you must have the pet because it can make some people especially children very sick with asthma and other respiratory problems
you need to confirm allergy to pets and treated with immunotherapy
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Do any two people have the same body odor? Could dogs tell them apart?

Not identical: Dogs have very sensitive noses and can detect chemical compounds on the order of one part in a billion. That is why they can track by smell alone. Even identical twins probably won't smell exactly the same because smell also depends on what someone has ingested and it is unlikely that two people will eat/drink exactly the same things. ...Read more

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I am allergic to dogs but i love them is there any long term solutions?

Allergic pet lovers: If symptoms are mild appropriate allergy medications may be adequate. Otherwise the only effective long term treatment is allergen immunotherapy, allergy shots, directed by a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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Can zoonotic diseases from dogs be cured? Or do they stay with you forever?

Can zoonotic diseases from dogs be cured? Or do they stay with you forever?

Zoonotics: There is a difference between being infected and being diseased. An infection means there is a "bug" that lives in the host (you) but does not necessarily cause symptoms (that is what it meant by disease). So, yes, a disease from a dog can be cured. It also depends on the type of zoonotic. ...Read more

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I am allergic to dogs is there anything that can stop me getting the symptoms?

Yes: There are many medications that can help with this, either alone or in combination, and many things you can do to reduce your exposure to dog dander in the home. The best way to make use of all these options is to work with an allergist. ...Read more

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How can I keep my baby safe from ticks when our dogs bring them in all the time?

Tick check: The simplest way is to check your dogs for ticks before you go into your house and expose your baby to your dogs. Otherwise, it's best to separate the dogs from your baby, to decrease the risk of tick exposure. ...Read more

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Should manufacturers reevaluate the shape of their hot dogs to make choking less likely?

Should manufacturers reevaluate the shape of their hot dogs to make choking less likely?

Chewing more will: All solid foods hold the potential risk of chocking no matter what size of shape. I believe the key to good digestion and prevention of chocking, provided you have a healthy gag reflex, is to properly and thorougly chew your food.

You should chew your food between 15-25 times.

This will aid digestion as the food has already been significantly broken down allowing for better intestinal transi. ...Read more

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My adult son has three dogs, two hamsters, a parrot, and two mice; is this animal hoarding?

My adult son has three dogs, two hamsters, a parrot, and two mice; is this animal hoarding?

How many is to many: What about a wife and kids? Santorium has 7 kids and bachman claimed to raise 23 kids, is that child hoarding? ...Read more

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Are their any medical conditions/sicknesses that can be transmitted between humans and dogs?

Are their any medical conditions/sicknesses that can be transmitted between humans and dogs?

Several: Rabies, non-influenzae hemophilus species, pasteurella multocida, leptospirosis, brucellosis, cytocapnophagia to mention just a few. ...Read more

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Weird question to settle a debate. Which is healthier (safer) to eat: dog biscuits or hot dogs?

It depends: This is impossible to answer because there are many types of dog biscuits & hot dogs. Most hot dogs are unhealthy as they are from beef and/or pork fed gmo's & given hormones & antibiotics and have cancer-causing nitrates, but you can get hot dogs without nitrates made with organic grass-fed meat. Most dog biscuits contain unhealthy animal products too but there are healthy organic dog biscuits. ...Read more

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What will happen to my health that I'm allergic to dogs and I love my dog. I'm a huge dog lover.

What will happen to my health that I'm allergic to dogs and I love my dog. I'm a huge dog lover.

Controllable: What kind of allergic reaction you have to dog? If the allergic symptoms are not controlled by medications and the dog is an important part of your life, consider seeing an allergist who will likely be able to "desensitize" you to dog allergen. In the meanwhile, keeping the dog out of the bedroom may go a long way . ...Read more

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Help me please?. I've heard of mental health service dogs. Can anybody can tell me more about them?

PTSD : People with mental health problems, especially PTSD , can often get dogs as support pets. Of course, you and your doc would have to document a need. ...Read more

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