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Keeping Pets Healthy Keeps People Healthy Too!

Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. But there’s something else you should know.

Pets sometimes carry germs that can make people sick. The diseases people get from animals are known as zoonotic (zoe-oh-NOT-ic) diseases.

It is hard to know which animals could be carrying zoonotic diseases, especially since pets carrying these germs often look healthy and normal. Here are some tips that can help you and your pets stay healthy:

  • Take your pet to its veterinarian regularly so it stays in good health.
  • Practice good hygiene around your pets so they don’t unintentionally pass germs to you.
  • Learn about diseases different types of pets can spread – just in case.

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