Got a pet? You can use these tips to keep you and your favorite animal healthier.For example, a dog's coat can house bacteria and fungi (like ringworm). Regular grooming—brushing and bathing—helps reduce these invaders.
If you have a feline, wipe paws daily with a damp cloth to keep your cat from spreading traces of urine and feces (eww!). For more tips check out
12 Ways to Beat Cat Allergies.
Dander from some bird feathers can trigger allergies. Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter. Find out more about
How to Reduce Pet Allergens at Home.
Turtles and snakes can carry salmonella on their skin. To keep it from spreading: Clean out their habitat after they poop (about every one to two days). Sources: Jennifer Gabriele, DVM, veterinarian at Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital in New York City, and Jeffrey R. Jenkins, DVM, owner of Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital in California