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Updated 28 June 2010

5 tips on pet health - and yours

Have pets? How much do you know about pet diseases and caring for an animal? And what about diseases they could give you?

Have pets? How much do you know about pet diseases and caring for an animal? And what about diseases they could give you?

Take action:
Here's how to protect yourself: have a veterinarian check your pet; set up a schedule of immunisations and de-worming for your pet; keep your pet clean and well-groomed, and trim its claws regularly; use disposable gloves when cleaning cages, litterboxes, animal pens and fish tanks; don't use pet waste as fertiliser; wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds immediately after handling, petting or cleaning up after animals; don't let your pets eat raw meat, drink from the toilet bowl, or dig through the garbage; and keep your pets away from food preparation areas.

 
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