Don’t Kiss Your Pet!

Posted on Aug 21st, 2010, 09:21 PM America/Los_Angeles

Many people think that dogs’ mouths are even cleaner than human mouths and that a big, wet, sloppy kiss is perfectly acceptable.   The truth is, many illnesses can be passed from dogs and cats to humans. For example, cat feces can harbor toxoplasmosis, a disease that can affect unborn babies.

Young children should not be allowed to dig in sandboxes or areas where animals might have gone potty, and if they do, excellent hand washing must be practiced.  And as for the dog’s mouth, it could be teeming with bacteria like salmonella and campylobacter. While not necessarily the kiss of death, those bacteria could certainly be the cause of an upset tomach.

Please heed today’s advice to maintain your pet’s and your family’s health. For your pet’s continued good health, keep vaccinations up to date, along with regular check-ups.  Always maintain a proper diet and provide lots of good exercise.  

 

Healthy pets are happy pets. Keep cats and dogs as healthy as possible to minimize the risks of catching an illness from them.

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