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As a veterinarian, I am always an advocate for the better health of your pet, and of all animals. I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you. But did you know that like all veterinarians, I’m also part of the big picture when it comes to keeping your human family healthy as well?
It’s true: We veterinarians take an oath that includes a commitment to human health. That doesn’t mean you can show us a rash and ask what we think, but it does mean when we talk to you about your pet’s health, we also have your health in mind.
Veterinarians don’t see you and your pet all the time. That does limit the advice we can offer, although nowadays many veterinary practices send out electronic newsletters with timely information. Since I’m fortunate to have a larger stage than many of my colleagues (as the regular veterinarian on Good Morning America and as a member of Core Team Oz for The Dr. Oz Show), I consider it my responsibility to work even harder to keep people informed.
My motto is “Keep the pet, lose the risk.” With that in mind, here are three easy (and virtually free) things that you can do in caring for your pet that will help protect the health of the rest of your family.
Everyone needs to know the rules for safe food handling. With 48 million cases of food-borne illness annually (and 3,000 deaths), it’s important to start with the proper handling of your own food. And I bet not many readers are ill-informed enough to eat potato salad that has been left out on a picnic table too long. (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers a useful overview of food safety rules, if you need a refresher.)
But what about your pet’s food? Kibble is the main way our pets get their meals, and even though it looks safe to handle — and usually is — you should never take safety for granted. Outbreaks of Salmonella in pet foods and treats are not uncommon, and that's why the FDA also offers guidelines for handling pet food as well. It’s just common sense: Wash your hands after feeding your pets (and make your children do the same), and wash pet dishes, can openers and utensils with warm, soapy water.
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