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Healthy Beings, Healthy Relationships

A healthy relationship begins with healthy beings. Just as humans living in close proximity tend to pass colds and the flu from one family member to another, your furry family member can pose a health threat to you, too. Zoonotic diseases are passed from animals to humans. Common zoonotic diseases include:

  • Ringworm
  • Giardia
  • Cat scratch disease (CSD)
  • Worms
  • Salmonella

Less common illnesses include:

  • Campylobacter
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Chlamydiosis
  • Leptospirosis

Healthy pets can only enhance our lives and do not pose a health risk for us. But it doesn’t hurt to take precautions to protect you and your family from zoonotic diseases.

  • Make sure your pet stays healthy with twice yearly wellness checks and 3 monthly worming.
  • Wash your hands often when touching, playing with or caring for your pet.
  • Encourage good food hygiene habits in children. Encourage them to wash their hands regularly, especially before eating and after handling pets or toys. Encourage them to wear shoes outdoors.
  • Avoid contact with animal faeces, use disposable gloves or plastic bags to pick up and dispose of promptly.
  • Avoid kissing your pet or letting it lick your face.
  • Bathe and groom your dog regularly.
  • Keep your pet’s bedding and environment clean.
  • Wash your hands after gardening or working in soil or sandpits.
  • If you are pregnant, avoid cleaning a cat’s litter box.
  • Prevent children playing where soil may be contaminated.
  • Ensure pets have clean drinking water and healthy food
  • Avoid contact with unhealthy animals and their urine or faeces.

Outdoor Health Hazards

Let’s not forget that your little buddy is a mischief master, and the outdoors are like a large playground to him or her. While you may be tempted to let your pets run wild in the garden, you should keep them from:

  • Poisonous plants
  • Containers carrying pesticides and insecticides
  • Poisonous reptiles

While your pet should enjoy its outdoor time, it’s important for you to be vigilant to protect him or her from danger.

Got Questions?

If you have further questions about how to protect you, your family and your pet from common health hazards, ring us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.