Where "cute" meets "disease carrier" In pet owners' backyards lurk serious wildlife diseases that can affect pets and people. Have you considered ... ?

 

 

Dec 21, 2017

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Ever wondered what's out there in the suburban or semirural backyard? Here's a list of wildlife hosts and their diseases that may be infectious to domestic animals or humans.

 

White-tailed Deer

Meningeal worm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis)

Bovine tuberculosis (in parts of Michigan and Indiana)

Liver flukes (Fascioloides magna)

 

Black Bear

Baylisascaris transfuga

Raccoon

Rabies

Canine distemper virus

Parvovirus

Baylisascaris procyonis

Leptospira interrogans

 

Striped skunk

Rabies

Canine distemper virus

Leptospira interrogans

Baylisascaris columnaris

 

Foxes

Canine distemper virus (primarily gray foxes)

Rabies

Echinococcus multilocularis

Dirofilaria immitis

Sarcoptes scabiei (red foxes)

 

Coyote

Canine distemper virus

Parvovirus

Echinococcus multilocularis

Dirofilaria immitis

Rabies

Sarcoptes scabiei

Neospora caninum

 

Opossum

Leptospira interrogans

Sarcocystis neurona

 

Cottontail rabbit

Tularemia

 

Diseases associated with unsanitary bird feeders/waterers

Salmonella species

Aspergillus species

 

 

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