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Safely celebrate the holidays with your pets

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December 2016

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dog with boneSafely celebrate the holidays with your pets

Pets and other animals provide many benefits to people, like increasing fitness, lowering stress, and bringing happiness to their owners. But, did you know that animals can carry germs that can be shared with people?

It is hard to know which pets could be carrying diseases, especially since pets carrying these germs often look healthy and normal. This holiday season, keep in mind some tips that can help you and your pets stay healthy:

  • Practice good hygiene around your pets so they don't pass germs to you.
  • Learn about diseases different types of pets can spread - just in case.
  • Take your pet to its veterinarian regularly so it stays in good health.

You can also find out more about how CDC uses an approach called One Health to study and prevent diseases that spread between animals and people.

Happy Holidays!

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