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(HealthDay News) -- Even the most friendly of cats and dogs can inadvertently bite you or a loved one, which could lead to an infection.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent animal bites:
Small children should never be left unattended with any animal.
If you see animals fighting, avoid trying to separate them.
Don't approach or touch animals that appear sick, or any animals with which you're not familiar.
Never touch or bother an animal that is eating.
Always keep your pets on a leash when away from home.
Choose your family pets wisely, and make sure to keep their vaccinations current.
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