Pets can bring great joy to their families and households. However, it is important to keep your pets healthy in order to provide security and safety for your family. Here are several common health hazards that your pet can introduce to your home without you realizing it.
Pets with fur, especially long haired animals, can make the family sick with their dander. Young children and those prone to allergies may exhibit watery eyes, sneezing and itching when near the shedding pet or in an environment where the pet dander exists. Those who know that allergic reactions to furry pets are likely should consider pets without hair or hypoallergenic animals.
Pets Can Share Diseases
While disease transfer between pets and humans is rare, certain animals and diseases have higher likelihoods of infesting their human families. Reptiles and hedgehogs shed salmonella, which can easily sicken young children or the elderly. Hedgehogs are also carriers of ringworm and plague, both of which are transferable to their human owners. Even puppies and kittens shed viruses and bacteria that they are incubating, leading to potential illnesses in human family members.
The fecal matter of pets, like that of humans, contains bacteria and diseases that exist within the animal. If your pet eliminates in an area where you and your family live or work, it is possible to contract a disease. This also applies to fecal matter that might be tracked in on your pet’s feet, or that is handled while cleaning a cage or litter box. Use gloves or bags when you have to clean up after your pet, and always wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap afterwards.
Fleas and Ticks
Particularly for pets that spend time outdoors or with pets from other households, fleas and ticks can be troublesome. Without proper preventative treatment, fleas and ticks can burrow into your pet’s fur and skin, potentially causing skin infections, hot spots and even disease in your pet. Worse, fleas and ticks can transfer to you or your family, as well as to the furniture and carpet, and may require further treatment or fumigation. There are a variety of pest control products online which are specially formulated to prevent flea and tick-related complications in your home. A specialist from Solutions Self Chem says the best way to avoid flea and tick problems is to spray your home regularly for fleas and have your pets vaccinated against Lyme disease.
Household pets are loving, loyal and provide company for adults and children alike. Be sure to take precautions against these common health hazards in order to keep your pets and your family safe.