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How do keep my child from getting germs from our dog?

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  • Teach your child to respect the dog. If the dog gets upset and nips or bites, germs in his saliva can cause a potentially serious skin infection.
  • Dry dog foods, dog treats, and the water bowl can carry germs. Put them where your child can't reach.
  • Don't feed the dog in the kitchen.
  • Be sure your toddler doesn't grab the dog's toys and put them in his mouth.
  • Get the dog his own bed.
  • Don't let your dog lick your child's face or skin
  • Teach your child to wash his hands after petting the dog.

SOURCES:

CDC:  "Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits This Summer," "Picking the Right Pet."

HealthyChildren.org: "Cats and Toxoplasmosis," "Pets and Pasteurella Infections," "Salmonella Contamination in Dry Dog and Cat Foods," "Prevent Bite Wounds."

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, professor of pediatrics and health research and policy, chief of pediatric infectious diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Aaron Glatt, MD, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Mercy Medical Center; spokesperson, Infectious Diseases Society of America.

University of Arizona: "Germ Survey: Summary of Findings."

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: "Cleaning Dog Toys with Bleach."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC:  "Stay Healthy at Animal Exhibits This Summer," "Picking the Right Pet."

HealthyChildren.org: "Cats and Toxoplasmosis," "Pets and Pasteurella Infections," "Salmonella Contamination in Dry Dog and Cat Foods," "Prevent Bite Wounds."

Yvonne Maldonado, MD, professor of pediatrics and health research and policy, chief of pediatric infectious diseases, Stanford University School of Medicine.

Aaron Glatt, MD, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Mercy Medical Center; spokesperson, Infectious Diseases Society of America.

University of Arizona: "Germ Survey: Summary of Findings."

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: "Cleaning Dog Toys with Bleach."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on April 17, 2018

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