When it comes to your kids, these animal-borne diseases are easily spread through bites, scratches and any physical contact with saliva and other fluids from the animals. If your dog spends most of his time running around outdoors, chances are they would’ve licked up a spilt drink or nibbled a half-eaten sandwich lying on the street. These could easily be loaded with bacteria and germs ranging from salmonella to tapeworms, and could put the heath of your kids at serious risk.
Now while some may say it isn’t a horrible thing to expose your young kids to everyday germs as it strengthens their immune systems, the Pacific Northwest Veterinary Dentistry & Oral Surgery Centre believes otherwise. It’s studies found that some pets and their owners share common bacteria that are known to cause a severe form of gum disease, and that it could eventually lead to other serious health issues such as heart disease, kidney disease and, in worse cases, diabetes.
Although there are some health risks to consider when bringing an animal into a house with young kids, pets are also great in teaching children about the importance of responsibility and gentleness towards other living beings.
Here are a few simple steps that you can take to avoid getting infections from your pets:
- Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning up after your pet
- Make sure your pet gets an annual veterinary physical
- Check that their vaccinations are up to date (rabies vaccine in particular)
- Regularly check your pets for fleas and ticks, even if they have been vaccinated against them previously
- Build a social relationship between your pet and your family so they are less likely to bite and scratch
- Consider the health and age of your kids before getting a pet
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