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Healthy Pets, Healthy People – One Health

Posted by on October 24th, 2017

Studies show that relationships between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to both. The “One Health” approach recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment.

Zoonotic diseases are ones that can be passed from animals to humans. 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals. The goal of One Health is to encourage the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines-working locally, nationally, and globally-to achieve the best health for people, animals, and our environment.

Here are some tips courtesy of the CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website that can help you and your pet stay healthy:

  • Wash your hands after touching or playing with your pet or their equipment
  • Make sure your pet is up to date with vaccinations, deworming, and flea/tick control
  • Practice good pet hygiene by keeping pet supplies out of the kitchen
  • Teach your children how to be responsible around pets

Read more about the types of diseases that can be spread between people and animals: https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/index.html

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