Have you got pets? A cat or a dog or perhaps any of those very esoteric pets that children love to keep these days? Well, they are very obviously a means of teaching our children responsibility as they learn to love and look after someone else apart from themselves. Of course, man’s best friend is also good at enhancing security at home!
However, there are some inherent risks in having these pets at home as infections can readily be transferred from them to us. The commonest means of getting these infections is by getting bitten, getting in contact with the faeces or sometimes through contamination of food.
To prevent these, here are our top five tips:
- Please wash your hands whenever you have handled or played with the pets especially if you are to prepare, handle or eat food soon after. A good anti-bacterial soap suffices for this purpose.
- Also wash your hands whenever you come in contact with the pets’ poo. Ensure that children do not play close to these areas.
- Your pets’ immunizations should be up to date. You don’t want to be known as ‘the owner of that rabid down the street’.
- Your pets’ fur should be kept clean with regular shampooing.
- If you are a fan of reptile pets, please consider delaying on getting one if you have children under the age of 5 years old.
Let’s keep ourselves and our pets safe, clean and healthy. We want our pets spreading love….not germs.