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How to Protect Your Family from Pet-Shared Disease


2. Wash Your Hands After Touching Your Pets

Pets like cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, and rodents carry germs that can spread from animals to people. After cuddling or petting a pet, it’s recommended that you wash your hands, especially after cleaning out a cage, changing the kitty litter, or picking up after your dog. Good hygiene is vital to prevent germs from transferring.

If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, use hand sanitizer to eliminate any germs. If you or someone in your family does get sick, make sure you tell your healthcare provider about the animals you’ve come into contact with.

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