Owning a pet may be great for your mental health, but pets may also carry harmful germs through their fur, feces, and saliva. The risk of getting a foodborne illness from a pet is low for most people. However, young children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems have an increased risk.
If you cannot keep pets entirely out of your kitchen, here are ways to guard the safety of your food:
- Always wash your hands after touching your pet and before handling food.
- Clean your pet’s paws after it plays outside or has been in the litter box before entering the kitchen.
- Keep your pet off of counters and tables.
- Don’t eat or drink while playing with animals.
We all love our pets, but it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with them.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits)