Dogs can have many positive effects on their owner’s life. They influence children’s social, emotional and cognitive development, promote active lifestyles, facilitate communication and are even able to detect epileptic seizures or the presence of certain types of cancer. Dogs can also help reduce stress and anxiety in humans. An estimated 38% of US households own one or more dogs.
Although dogs can benefit the health and well-being of their owners, one should be aware that dogs of all ages, including puppies, can sometimes carry harmful microbes that can make people sick. Dog germs can cause a wide variety of ailments, from minor skin infections to serious illnesses. One of the best ways to protect yourself from disease is to thoroughly wash, care for, feed or straighten your hands after work.
How to stay healthy in dogs
Before buying or adopting a dog or puppy, make sure it is the right breed of pet for your family. Talk to your vet about the right breed of dog to make sure the dog you choose fits your lifestyle and needs. Remember, dogs can sometimes carry germs that can make people sick, even if they look clean and healthy. Visit your vet for regular grooming to keep your dog healthy and prevent infectious diseases.
Prevents scratches and dog bites
Dog bites can cause pain and injury, but they can also spread germs that cause infection. Nearly one in five people who are bitten by a dog requires medical attention. Any dog can bite, especially if they are scared, nervous, eating, or playing or defending a toy or puppy. Dogs can also bite if they feel uncomfortable and want to be left alone. Any dog can bite, but most dog bites can be prevented, and there are many things you can do at home and in your community to prevent this. By following these safe handling tips, you can avoid dog bites.
Know the risks
Children are more likely to be bitten by dogs than adults, and if they do bite dogs, the injury can be more serious. Most dog bites that affect young children occur during daily activities and when interacting with familiar dogs. Owning a dog at home is more likely to be bitten than owning a dog. As the number of dogs in the house increases, so does the likelihood that they will be bitten. Adults with two or more dogs in the home are five times more likely to be bitten than those living without dogs in their home. In older men, men are more likely to be bitten by dogs than women.