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Because our dogs are so good for us, we don’t often think to prepare for those rare health hazards that our dogs, and any of our pets, could pose to us. This article gives us some tips for keeping both you and your pets happy and healthy. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

How To Keep From Catching Anything But Love From Your Pets

By Shaun/North American Precis Syndicate 

(NAPSI)—While pets provide many benefits, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some animals can also pass diseases to people. Such diseases are known as zoonoses. Here, Dr. Calum Macpherson, Dean and Director of Research at St. George’s University’s School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine, who helped write a book called “Dogs, Zoonoses and Public Health,” offers a look at a few common problems and how to avoid them…..

Dogs: Dogs can carry a variety of germs that can make people sick. For example, puppies may pass the bacterium Campylobacter in their feces. This germ can cause diarrhea in people. Dogs may carry a variety of parasites that can cause rashes or illness in people. Dogs may also carry the bacterium Leptospira and rabies, though rabies from dogs is rare in the United States….

…Whatever the pet, whether someone gets sick can depend on two things: susceptibility and prevention.

Susceptibility

In general, healthy pets make healthy people, but there are those who are more likely than others to get diseases from pets. These include infants, children younger than 5 years old, organ transplant patients, people with HIV/AIDS, and people being treated for cancer.

Prevention

To protect yourself from pet-related diseases, Dr. Macpherson offers this advice:

• Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water after touching pets, their bedding, their saliva or their feces.

• Try to avoid scratches and bites. If you are scratched or bitten, wash the area with soap and running water right away and get medical advice.

• Remember to have your pet checked out, treated for worms and vaccinated by your veterinarian. Zoonoses are preventable, so keep yourself and your pet healthy.

• Do not eat or smoke while handling your pet.

• Do not kiss your pet or hold it close to your mouth.

• See that your pets are up to date in all their vaccinations, especially rabies.

You can find more helpful advice from Dr. Macpherson and other experts at St. George’s University, a premier center of international education on the island of Grenada.

To read the full article, visit How To Keep From Catching Anything But Love From Your Pets.

You can also learn more at www.sgu.edu.

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