Tips to Avoid Trading Diseases With Your Pets

Healthy Habits Are the Best Defense

Scoop your cat’s litterbox regularly. This reduces the risk that your young child or your dog will decide to taste-test the “Tootsie rolls” inside. Same goes for keeping your yard free of dog waste. Use disposable gloves when cleaning your cat’s litter box and use a scoop or cover your hand fully with a poop pickup bag when cleaning up your dog’s feces.

Be cautious with strays. It can be tempting to pet that friendly stray cat or dog, especially if you’re in a foreign country and missing your own pet. But you can’t know if your new furry friend has ringworm, rabies or other transmissible diseases. Better safe than sorry.

It’s also a good idea not to let your pet lick your face, especially around the mouth. Don’t let your children kiss pets, either.

Next time you’re at the veterinarian, ask if there are any zoonotic diseases you should be concerned about. Your veterinarian can advise you on what to watch for.

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