The month of September is Rabies Awareness Month and Sept. 28 is World Rabies Awareness Day. Rabies is a deadly zoonotic disease that can be easily spread from animals to humans. A zoonotic disease is any infectious disease that can be transmitted across species particularly from animals to humans.
There are many zoonotic diseases today and it is believed that many of our modern diseases started as a zoonotic disease. Zoonoses can also relate to a disease spread between animals and humans by way of a common vector or an agent that carries the disease. Below, I am going to discuss the most common zoonoses in small animal veterinary medicine and how you can protect you and your family.