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Health Tip: Pets Can Harbor Germs

Practice good hygiene after contact with your furry friends

(HealthDay News) -- Pets may be beloved family members, but they can also harbor germs.

Here are a few health suggestions for pet owners, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly after petting your animals.
  • Wear gloves when cleaning cages or litter boxes.
  • Disinfect sinks, bathtubs and other areas where you bathe or brush your pet.
  • Don't give your pets food meant for people -- especially raw meat, which can harbor bacteria.
  • Never let pets drink from the toilet.
  • Never take in a wild animal as a pet.
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