pet-associated diseaseAny condition, often infectious or inflammatory linked to prolonged exposure to pets/domestic animals. See Cats, Cat-scratch disease, Cutaneous larva migrans, Dogs, Dog-bites, Fish-tank granuloma.
Animals act as vectors for various microorganisms, eg dogs–rabies, cats–toxoplasmosis, parrots–psittacosis
Animals may attack the owner–popularly, 'turning', an event that is relatively common in animals not bred for domestication, eg coyotes, lions, pythons, weasels
Given the often unusual clinical presentations that characterize pet-associated illness, a detailed history is imperative to establish a diagnosis Am Fam Prac 1990; 41:831
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