How Much Do You Have to Worry About Germs on Your Pet

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We live in a world full of germs. Some people say that it’s as though we coexist with them. Animals tend to attract a lot more germs than we do. This is usually because they love being dirty, rolling around in messy, smelly things, and just being themselves. They’re one with nature – a part of it. And to exist with it, they have to also be resilient to germs, at least to some extent. Although a lot of germs that your pup or cat carries won’t affect them in a serious way, they might be passed on to you, where they can do more damage. Here are a few types of bacteria that your pets could track into your house.

  1. SalmonellaPets could be carriers of salmonella. Although its most commonly spread through eggs or meat, our pets can also get infected. If you come into contact with the feces of a dog who has been infected by this bacteria, it could easily spread to you. That’s why it’s so important to use gloves when cleaning up after your dog. When you clean his paws after a walk or a good game of fetch, keep those gloves on, you never know where those feet could have been. No matter how healthy you try to raise them, bacteria like these have a way of always finding a way in. Keep your hands clean by washing them with soap and water.
  2. CampylobacterThis bacteria is similar to salmonella and is the major reason behind diarrheal illnesses. The most common way of getting infected by this bacteria is through contact with cat or dog feces, or raw foods. To prevent getting this infection, clean your yard on a regular basis and always keep an eye on your dog during walks, so that he doesn’t walk through waste. Keep your pets clean and stick to a regular bathing schedule, depending on our breed of dog. Cats are natural groomers so they’re cleaner.
  3. LeptospiraLeptospira is a bacteria that’s mostly found in urine. It can also be brought into your house by your pet. Dogs are especially susceptible to the disease caused by this bacteria, known as Leptospirosis. Humans can also be affected. You can get infected through contact of mucous membranes or urine of an infected animal. As the severity of the disease increases, it could even lead to liver and kidney failure in our pooches. There are virtually no symptoms for leptospirosis until too late. That’s why it’s especially important to take him to the vet for check-ups on a regular basis.

There’s no need to fear germs once we’ve done everything we can to keep ourselves and our surroundings clean. IF you have any more questions, turn to your vet. He’ll only be happy to help.

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