Love pets, but don't sleep with them

Love pets, but don't sleep with them

Heller urged pet owners to practice basic hygiene and to make sure pets and humans interact safely, taking care to avoid bites or scratches, during feed times, according to a varsity statement.

“For the average person with a healthy immune system, the risk of getting sick from a pet is low, even if you share a bed with them and are exposed to a bacteria or parasite.

“However, the risk increases for people with compromised or reduced immune systems such as the very young, the very old, those with diseases such as HIV, those who are pregnant and those undergoing chemotherapy.

“While it’s important not to overstate the risk of illness from your four-legged loved ones, with a few easy steps it should be possible to lower it even further,” concludes Heller.

Heller recommends pet owners to wash hands after handling a pet and especially before handling food. Avoid sharing implements for human and animal food preparation, she advised.

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