Before getting a new pet, keep the following in mind: Whether you are playing with, feeding, or cleaning up after your pet, it is important to wash your hands to help reduce the risk of getting sick from germs pets can carry.If you or a family member are concerned about illness, talk to a doctor and mention the animals you’ve had contact with recently.Although they may look cute and cuddly, avoid touching wild animals to reduce the risk of illness and injury.
Keep up with your pet’s vaccines, deworming, and flea and tick control.
Some pets can carry ticks that can spread serious diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever to people.
Dog and cat poop can contain parasites and germs that can be harmful to people.
Keep children away from areas that might contain dog or cat poop to prevent them from getting roundworms and hookworms.
Contact your veterinarian if you have any questions about your pet’s health or if you think your pet may be sick.
In addition to hand washing, practicing good pet hygiene can help prevent the spread of germs between pets and people.
They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize.
Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels.
Before adopting a new pet, make sure that it is the right one for you and your family.
Do some research beforehand about the specific needs of the animal.