Take it from the experts: Keeping pets healthy keeps people healthy, too

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  • Pets sometimes carry germs that can make people sick, one of the leading health organizations in America warned
  • Zoonotic diseases, or illnesses that people get from animals, do exist
  • Protecting your family from pet-related illnesses must begin before bringing home a pet
While there are a lot of evidence on how pets can be beneficial to one’s health, a leading health organization in America warned that these well-loved animals can make people sick, too.
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On its website, the  Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told the public that pets can also bring peril to one’s health.

“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 diseases,” the CDC stated.

“Keeping pets healthy keeps people healthy, too,” it further noted.

But how do we keep our pets healthy?

*Regular pet checkup – To help your pets stay in good health, you must regularly take them to a veterinarian.

*Keep them clean – Your beloved pets can pass germs to you if you do not keep them neat. Practice good hygiene around your pets to protect them from diseases. In that way, they will not pass those illness-causing germs to you and your family.

*Be aware of diseases from animals – The organization highlighted, “Learn about diseases different types of animals can spread–just in case.” 
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Yes, you don’t have to give up your pets

Before giving up your beloved pets, or thinking twice before owning one, you must first remember how these adorable animals can enrich your family life and help you stay healthy.

Keep in mind that there are a number of things to do in order to keep your pets clean and free from diseases.

Moreover, always remember that protecting your family from pet-related infections must begin before you bring one at home. For instance, reptiles and amphibians should not be allowed as pets in any household with children.

Also, consider the health and age of your kids before getting a pet. To note, one that would require frequent handling is not recommended for any immunocompromised child, while kids with eczema should probably avoid aquariums.