Healthy Steps for a Cleaner Pet
Groom your pooch
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.
Swab kitty's paws
If you have a feline, wipe paws daily with a damp cloth to keep your cat from spreading traces of urine and feces (eww!).
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Dander from some bird feathers can trigger allergies. Consider using an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
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Keep reptiles clean
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