The PHC leaflet, ‘Pets and The Family’, offers valuable advice on living together with a pet in a healthy environment. No-one lives in a totally germ-free environment so basic hygiene and cleanliness, starting with hand-washing will help to eliminate the risk of picking up many common infections, and the less common infections. Also, have a look at any of the PHC leaflets for the ‘Four Golden Rules of Successful Pet Ownership’:
- Follow a preventive health programme for your pet that includes:- a good diet- regular exercise- worming- vaccination- annual veterinary check ups
- Make sure that your pet has its own bed and that feeding bowls are kept clean and separate from your own.
- Always wash your hands after handling your pets.
- Dog owners should always use a poop scoop. Be sure to ‘bag it and bin it’!