15. Streptococcus and Staphylococci
The streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria are two of the most common in the world. Pets carry these bacteria as do humans. For animals, an eye infection may be the result of a streptococci infection. Skin infections are often caused by a staphylococci infection. Pet owners who are treating such infections on their pets may pick up these bacteria, and themselves become ill.
Contact with the infected area can lead to transmission of the bacteria and infection. A bacterial infection can manifest itself in humans in a variety of ways. A sore throat or eye infection is common. When applying ointments to infected areas on their pets, pet owners should use gloves. Hand washing after handling the pet is highly recommended. Antibiotics are typically used to treat bacterial infections. However, many strains of these bacteria are becoming antibiotic resistant which makes them harder to treat and get under control.