In addition to hand washing, practicing good pet hygiene can help prevent the spread of germs between pets and people.
Keep pets and their supplies out of the kitchen, and disinfect pet habitats and supplies outside the house when possible.
Never clean supplies in the kitchen sink, food preparation areas, or the bathroom sink.
Pets can contaminate surfaces in your home with germs—you don’t have touch pets to get sick from their germs.
Always remove your dog’s feces (poop) from your yard and public places by using a bag, and dispose of it in proper areas. Dog and cat poop can contain parasites and germs that can be harmful to people. Keep children away from areas that might contain dog or cat poop to prevent them from getting roundworms and hookworms.
Cover sand boxes so cats don’t use them as a litter box.
Clean the cat’s litter box daily to lower the chances of exposure to harmful parasites. Remember, pregnant women should avoid changing a cat’s litter box if possible.