Question by edward h: Aside from rabies, can humans get a disease from dogs or cats that a human could not get from other humans?
With the exception of service animals, most health departments in the U.S forbid dogs or cats in places where food is sold (restaurants, grocery stores, etc.). In many countries throughout Europe, however, this is not the case.

I find it dificult to believe that, in those countries that allow people to bring their pets into these type of businesses, health departments are knowingy and willingly compromising the health of their citizens.

Is a service animal neccessarily any cleaner than someones pet? Are U.S pets more likely to carry a communicable disease than European pets? Does the presence of a pet in such places of business increase the chance of someone getting a disease that a human could not otherwise get from other humans that own a pet? I doubt it. It does kind of beg the question, however,. and that is why I am asking the question, “Aside from rabies, can humans get a disease from dogs or cats that a human could not get from other humans?”

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Answer by hackerjack
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