Am I concerned that I may catch a disease from my pet? Yes, as a Pet enthusiast I am acutely aware of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans, called zoonotic diseases.
My goal today is not to frighten you on the hazards of pet ownership and your enjoyment of wildlife, but to educate you on how to safely live with them in your home and from afar.
You love your dog so much that you let him lick your face, but hey, how about all those germs? Don’t you realize that even these cute, fluffy, and playful creatures also have mouth bacteria? Don’t let those germs make you sick.
Although dog germs aren’t deadly by any means, avoiding them is good if you want to maintain your own personal, optimal health. So, what you can do to avoid your dog’s germs? Well, there are easy things that you can do. Since your dog lives in the backyard, just make sure that you clean up after him. Clean your dog’s waste immediately so no one, especially kids, can make contact with him and his waste. Clean up around the house whenever you can, if possible, do it every time. And make sure to clean up every time your dog leaves a gift for you.
The risk is smaller if the dog is kept healthy. So what you need to do is to be a responsible owner. Keep your pet healthy: Schedule proper vaccinations, veterinary checkups, routine deworming, and regular use of flea killers. Make sure the health and hygiene of your pet endorses your safety too.