Splenectomies and cats....or is it dogs?

I read an article several years ago about a veterinarian who had to quit his practice. He was kicked by a horse and subsequently had his spleen removed. His doctor told him to avoid cats (or dogs, can’t remember which) because they carried a virus/parasite/other bug that would kill him.

I know that the spleen plays a role in the immune system, but I’m trying to come up with the name of this particular disease because 1) my sister thinks I’m nuts; 2) it’s starting to drive me that way; and 3) I’m having no luck with net searches.

Help me out, please?

Having your spleen taken out compromises your immune system.


From this site, “Some (but not all) diseases that can spread from animals to people”:


Some of the highlights: Toxoplasmosis. “Cat scratch fever”, (Bartonellosis). Kennel cough (Bordetella). Psittacosis.

Obviously a veterinary practice is a bad place for someone with a severely compromised immune system.

There’s one more thing. Dogs can get canine parvovirus. People can get another kind of parvovirus, called “fifth disease”, but it’s a different kind from CPV, and you can’t get it from your dog. Probably if you have a severely compromised immune system, it could be very dangerous. It’s possible that the article you read was written by someone who didn’t understand the difference between the two parvos.



Dang, I just realized that website didn’t mention leptospirosis. How could they leave that out? :confused:



Come to think of it, it may very well have been lepto that the article was talking about.

(I’m not a Net genius, I just went looking for Lepto, parvo, distemper, and rabies. The Big Four for dog owners.)

Thanks, DDG. Much :slight_smile:

Am pretty sure “Toxoplasmosis” is what I was thinking of.

Woo!! Saved from insanity!