Take Sensible Precautions As a Pet Owner!

When people think about bringing an animal into their home
to live with them, there is always a risk that this animal can bring sickness
or disease.  Without the proper precautions
animals can bring germs that can spread to humans, particularly children under
the age of 5.  This is a reason to be
more cautious with animals, not a reason to not have a pet!

To ensure safety, we should become familiar
with the most common forms of germs and diseases that threaten us.  Streptococcus is a form of bacteria that
causes strep throat and skin infections. 
Your pet can carry ticks that cause Lyme disease; these ticks can hop
from your pet to you and put you in risk. 
Salmonella, Campylobacter  e. Coli,
Giardia and Cryptosporidium can spread through anything contaminated with an
infected pets stool.  

Toxoplasma is a
germ found in cat stool, that can affect the brain and eyes in infants, and a
pregnant mother can pass these effects to her unborn child.  Worms, which can also be spread through
contact with infected stool, can cause fever, rash, allergic reactions, eye,
liver and lung disease, and brain infections. 
Finally rabies, which is usually found in wild animals, can also affect
your pet and can be transmitted to humans through scratches and bites.  This all seems like a lot and a huge risk to
take, but all these diseases can be avoided very easily.  

To prevent getting an illness from your pet,
take new pets to the veterinarian as soon as possible.  Take them back to the vet regularly for
checkups and shots.  You always want to
wash your hands with soap after cleaning up after your pet goes to the
bathroom. Clean litter boxes daily and
never let your children play where your pet goes to the bathroom.  Never let your pet eat any raw meat, also
drinking from the toilet is very unhealthy and unsanitary.  This all seems like a lot of work and a lot
to remember, but once you get into a routine its is very simple.  

The reward is much more than the slim risk
you take when adopting a pet.  Pets make wonderful playmates for children! They keep them physically active and teach
them responsibility! 

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