Tips for Health

Pets and Parasites

By on June 13, 2012 in Diseases, Prevention with 0 Comments

 

Can my pets make me sick?

Domestic animals such as dogs, cats, birds and reptiles can carry diseases that make people sick. The good news is that this does not happen very often. Most of the pet-borne illnesses can be avoided if you follow a few common-sense rules.

What I can do to keep my pet healthy?

Have your pet receives treatment for worms and other parasites and vaccines received exactly as your vet recommends. This not only keeps your pet healthy, but also decreases your risk of getting parasites and diseases of your pet.

For the same reason, it is important to control fleas and ticks on pets. Fleas and ticks can make life miserable for you and your pet, and what is worse, it could make you sick.

Do not give your pet raw meat. Do not let your cat or dog hunt and eat wild animals. This is how cats get toxoplasmosis. Keep your pets away from wild or stray animals may be unvaccinated or ill.

What about children and pets?

It’s a good idea to look at children who are beginning to walk while playing with pets. Young children are more likely to get infections from pets because they crawl around on the floor with animals, kiss them, put their fingers in the mouths of animals and then put their own dirty fingers in their mouths.

Young children are also more likely to be bitten or scratched by pets, since they treat the pet. Teach your children how to treat family pets and avoid strange pets. It may be safer to wait until after the child passes the stage of just beginning to walk before getting a pet.

Children under five years should also avoid contact with:

  • Animals at petting zoos and farms
  • Chicks
  • Ducklings
  • Amphibians, for example, frogs, toads and salamanders
  • Reptiles such as turtles, lizards and snakes

If you are planning to acquire a pet, you might consider adopting a cat or dog instead of a small one. This way, you can avoid the training stage to learn to defecate and urinate at the right times. Older pets have been well cared for and are less likely to spread disease or become ill themselves. Be careful not to take care of sick animals or strays because they are at greater risk of harm you or your children.

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