Although it rarely happens, pets can pass along diseases like rabies, cat scratch disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ringworm. Take these precautions to keep your kids safe.
- Make sure your pet gets regular checkups at the vet, and treat issues like worms or fleas right away.
- Check outdoor pets for ticks, which can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
- Be extra careful to wash your baby's hands after she's touched any domestic animal.
- Don't let your pet lick your little one's face, hands, or feet for at least the first few months because you never know where her mouth has been.
- Remember to wash your hands after touching your pet before you breastfeed or prepare formula.
- Keep your pet's nails trimmed to avoid scratches, which could get infected.
- Wash pets outside to avoid spreading germs where you prepare food and bathe your baby.
There are certain pets that babies -- and all kids under 5 -- should avoid completely because they can carry salmonella and other dangerous germs.
- Baby chicks
- Frogs & toads