Posted February 02, 2018 03:01:18 While most pet owners think their pets are just a nuisance, a recent study from the University of California, Davis, has found that they are actually a major threat to your pets’ health.
In a study that analyzed the health of nearly 2,000 pet owners in five different U.S. states, the researchers found that pet owners were at least twice as likely to contract a new infection after getting bitten by their pets than they were to recover from the illness.
In some cases, they were even more likely to have their pet bitten multiple times.
“In the case of pets who have been bitten by humans, we saw a dramatic increase in the rate of infections in the first few days after infection,” said researcher Michael Strain, a UC Davis professor of veterinary medicine.
“People who had previously been bitten on the hands and arms were more likely than others to contract infections from pet bites.”
While the number of pet bites could seem like an alarming statistic, Strain said it is important to note that it is rare for an infection to be transmitted to humans.
“The incidence of infection is very small and most infections are not transmitted,” he said.
“If you are in the home, you can prevent an infection from spreading to others by keeping your pet inside, getting lots of exercise and eating a healthy diet.”
Pet owners can help prevent the spread of disease by making sure their pets stay indoors and wearing gloves, a dog collar, a head cover and a hat.
To prevent the transmission of germs from your pet to your house, Stain recommends that you keep your pet under wraps and avoid contact with your pet, as well as keeping pets on a leash.
“Pet owners should avoid any outdoor activities and exercise in hot weather,” he added.
“They should also avoid handling pets in public places.”
The U.K.-based Pet Alliance is a national organization that advocates for responsible pet ownership.
It promotes animal welfare and pets as companions, and has more than 200,000 members.
The group has developed an interactive guide for pet owners that explains how to safely and effectively keep pets indoors and prevent pet bites.
Pet owners are also encouraged to take responsibility for their pets’ well-being and treat their pets as they would a pet.
“It’s up to us to make sure that we’re not taking these animals too seriously, or that we are taking them seriously enough that we can actually see how serious it is,” Strain added.