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When Not to Be a Good Host

Pet parasites can be dangerous to humans

You might think you're helping only your pet when you make sure he's clear of parasites, like hookworm. But you're doing much more.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you're making sure you and your family are protected, too, because pet parasites can sometimes infect humans. And rather than settle in your stomach, the parasites are more apt to cause liver or tissue damage.

The CDC says the two most important measures to avoid infection are to practice good personal hygiene (wash your hands, don't put them in your mouth after playing with your pet), and to make sure your pet is free of parasites through regular trips to the vet.

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