You may get more from your pet than joy and affection. Diseases like E. coli, salmonellosis, toxoplasmosis and rabies can be passed from animals to humans, and some of these may even be deadly.
Take your pet for regular check-ups; set up a schedule of immunisation and de-worm your pet every six months; keep your pet clean and well-groomed (don't forget to clip its nails regularly); wear gloves when you handle pet litter, or clean cages, fish tanks and baskets; don't use pet litter as fertiliser in your garden; wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds immediately after handling pets or their litter; keep pets out of the kitchen; don't allow pets to eat raw meat, dig through the rubbish or drink from the toilet bowl.
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