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Can Guinea Pigs Catch Things From Humans?

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AnimalLover

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So i have bacterial tonsilitis, do i have to stay away from them? Like even to feed them or should i get someone else to do it?
 

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As a general rule, piggies can't really catch anything from humans, with the exception of ringworm. Make sure you follow good hygiene rules (hand washing) and you should be fine.
 

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Transmission of human viruses and bacterial illnesses is very rare, but we still recommend to please use good commonsense and hygiene (hand washing before and after) and refrain from handling your guinea pigs unnecessarily while you are ill, especially with respiratory or digestive bugs.

The one thing that can affect all mammals (i.e. other pets and humans) and is highly transmissive is ringworm, a fungal complaint.
 

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Transmission of human viruses and bacterial illnesses is very rare, but we still recommend to please use good commonsense and hygiene (hand washing before and after) and refrain from handling your guinea pigs unnecessarily while you are ill, especially with respiratory or digestive bugs.

The one thing that can affect all mammals (i.e. other pets and humans) and is highly transmissive is ringworm, a fungal complaint.
Also say if my cat had fleas (which he does not anymore) could that pass onto my guinea pigs?
 

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I always avoid handling my piggies when I have a heavy cold, but I am unsure if it is necessary to do so.
 
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