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11 Ways Your Pets Are Secretly Killing You

Oh, you love your pet? Hope you enjoy loving it IN YOUR EARLY GRAVE. Here's all the gross diseases it can give you.

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1. Dogs: Heartworms

Humans can get heartworms when a mosquito bites an infected dog then bites you. Yuck. Usually, the human body can ward off heartworm parasites, but in rare cases, the worms travel to your lungs and make lesions.


5. Cats: Cat Scratch Fever (It's a Real Thing!)

Not just a Ted Nugent song, about half of all outdoor cats have been exposed to this disease. In humans, it can cause painful and itchy swelling at the scratch site, as well as swollen lymph nodes. However, you probably won't die.


9. Rabbits: Rabbit Fever, a.k.a. Tularemia

This can be inhaled and affects the heart, brain and bones. You can also get inflammed lesions on your hands from handling dead rabbits who are infected. Even worse news: you were already handling dead rabbits.