Sexual Diseases in Pets

In the United States, the number of people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is growing at an alarming rate. That being said, did you know that animals are also prone or can have STDs? In fact, at least two major STDs have come from the other members of the animal kingdom. For instance, gonorrheas and syphilis were transmitted to humans by cattle. Aside from chlamydia in humans and mammals, here are some STDs that are common in animals:

1. Canine Herpesvirus

Canine Herpesvirus or CHV is technically different from the human herpes. The mode of transmission of CHV is through sexual intercourse; however, other dogs can be exposed to the virus even in the absence of sexual contact. If you think your dog has shortness of breath or you observed that the colour of your dog’s poop is yellowish to greenish, then it may have CHV. Other symptoms of the disease include tender tummy and blood secretions coming from the nose.

2. Brucellosis

Caused by Brucella canis, Brucellosis is a bacterial infection that is said to be the primary reason of infertility among canines. The major mode of transmission of the disease is by sexual intercourse; however, Brucellosis can also be passed on through bodily fluids. Common symptoms of this bacterial infection are Arthritis, fever, eye inflammation and swelling of the lymph nodes.

3. Feline herpes

As per the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, feline herpes is one of the major causes of respiratory infections in cats. Moreover, the virus is said to be aggressive wherein at least 90 percent of felines are infected. Symptoms of feline herpes include anemia, fever, swollen lymph nodes, hair loss and poor appetite.

4. Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumours

Canine Transmissible Venereal Tumours (CTVT) is a sexually transmitted cancer. Yes, cancer. Since these tumours that look like warts turn up on the dog’s penile or vaginal areas, CTVT spreads out when the canine licks, bites or sniffs the affected parts. Usually, CTVT is treated via chemotherapy or radiation. But don’t you worry. Unlike human cancer, CTVT is not that life-threatening.

These STDs can be treated and can be prevented by visiting your veterinarians regularly. Too bad we can’t discuss with our pets how they can practice safe sex.