The CDC investigates many Salmonella outbreaks linked to pet reptiles. Among these outbreaks, tiny turtles have caused the most illnesses. In fact, the sale of tiny pet turtles has been banned in the US since 1975 because of the number of illnesses they cause and the risk to children. Although any turtle can carry germs, tiny turtles are especially risky because children are more likely to handle them and get sick.
Have you thought about getting a small pet like a hamster, gerbil, or guinea pig? You may think small pets will make a good "starter" pet for your child, or that they're less of a commitment than other pets like cats and dogs. Despite their small size, owning one of these pets is a big responsibility!
Do you have questions about the drugs your veterinarian prescribes for your pet? Do you have questions about how and where to report a problem with an animal drug or pet food? If you're traveling with your pet—do you know where to get travel requirement information?
The animals that share our lives and homes rely on us for protection. Many common household products such as cleaners and pesticides could hurt a pet if not used and stored correctly. Keep all products out of the reach of pets. EPA encourages consumers to consider using EPA-registered biopesticides and products with EPA's Safer Choice label, which are generally less harmful.
Cats and dogs do not have the ability to sweat; they cool their bodies off by panting and through the pads of their feet, so when the weather is extremely hot it is much harder for your pet to cool off. That's why extreme heat can be deadly for your pet. Don't take any unnecessary chances.
There are many health benefits of owning a pet. opportunities However, pets can sometimes carry harmful germs that can make us sick even when the pet appears healthy. The diseases people get from animals are called zoonotic (zoe-oh-NOT-ic) diseases. Below are some tips to help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying pets.