Awareness among Pet Owners on Pet (Dog & Cat) Hygiene
Here we will look at some dog hygiene basics and how to avoid letting your dog spread illnesses –
- Deworm Your Dog regularly
- Don’t Let it Lick Your Mouth
- Don’t Touch Your Face
- Wash Your Dog Regularly
- Clean Your Dog’s Bed Regularly
- Feed Your Dog Well
FOLLOW THIS CLEANING ADVICE TO KEEP YOUR HOME HYGIENICALLY CLEAN WHEN YOU HAVE PETS:
- Make food preparation areas a pet-free zone:
- Wash floors regularly:
- Keep cages and bowls clean:
- Feed pets separately:
Diseases which can pass from pet’s to people include:
- Ringworm :
- Verotoxic coli infection:
WHEN TO WASH YOUR HANDS:
- Before and after preparing food, especially if you’re cooking and handling raw meat, seafood and eggs.
- Before eating.
- After eating.
- After handling your pets, or touching food bowls, cages and litter trays.
- After using the toilet, and after cleaning it.
- After contact with the favourite breeding grounds of germs, like rubbish bins and cleaning cloths.
- After cleaning.
HOW TO WASH HANDS FOR OPTIMAL GERM PROTECTION:
- Put a generous dollop of antibacterial liquid soap in your hands and rub them together, palm to palm.
- Run your right palm over the back of left hand and your left palm over the back of your right hand.
- Next, lace your fingers together and rub your palms.
- Lie the palm of one hand on top of the other, lace your fingers together, and rub. Repeat for the other hand.
- Tuck your right thumb into your left palm, wrap your fingers around your thumb, and rotate. Repeat for the other hand.
- Turn your left hand, palm up, and lie the fingers of your right hand over those of your left. Lock them together and rub them up and down.
- Put the tips of your fingers into the palm of your other hand, and rub in a circular motion. Repeat for the other hand.
- Rinse and then dry thoroughly. The whole process should take about 15-30 seconds.
Dr Udit Jain, Asstt. Prof. Dept of Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary University, DUVASU, Mathura(UP)