DOGS, cats and small mammals are extremely popular companions ‐ they usually share their owners’ home environment and physical contact with these pets is often very close. While zoonoses represent an important type of pet‐associated health hazard, a large proportion of the pet‐owning public is unaware of the potential for transmission of disease between animals and humans. In view of the increasing population of immunocompromised people and animals, medical and veterinary health professionals need to be well informed about zoonoses. This article discusses relevant aspects of skin diseases in dogs, cats and selected small mammals in the UK that could present a zoonotic risk to their owners.
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