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In Second Opinion, Susan Perry helps MinnPost readers make their way through the thicket of health happenings, trends, studies and research. Perry has written several health-related books, and her articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Minnesota Monthly, The History Channel Magazine and Woman's Day. She is a former writer/editor for Time-Life Books and a former editor of Nutrition Action Healthletter, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Cats and dogs can pass on infections and other illnesses

Cats and dogs can pass on infections and other illnesses — usually spread through a bite

The bacteria species is Capnocytophaga canimorsus. Despite its pervasiveness, cases of people becoming infected with it are extremely unusual.