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Stay healthy around your pet’s poop

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Poop from pets, like dogs and cats, can carry germs like bacteria and parasites that can make people sick. CDC Image

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Poop is a fact of life when you have a pet. Poop from pets, like dogs and cats, can carry germs like bacteria and parasites that can make people sick. Poop from pets can also contaminate waterways and harm the environment. Practice responsible pet poop habits to keep yourself, your family, and the environment healthy. 

Scoop the poop!

  • Always pick up dog poop and dispose of it properly, even in your own yard, and especially in areas where children may play.
  • Clean litter boxes daily and change the litter weekly.
  • People with weakened immune systems and pregnant people should not clean litter boxes, if possible, as they are more at risk for complications from germs spread by cats. If no one else can perform the task, wear disposable gloves, and wash your hands afterwards.

Keep your cat’s litter box away from other animals, children, and food preparation areas. 

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Always pick up dog poop and dispose of it properly, even in your own yard, and especially in areas where children may play. CDC Image

Practice healthy habits when cleaning up after your pet 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling your pet’s pee, poop, and vomit. 
  • Don’t put your hands in or around your mouth after touching your pet or cleaning up after your pet.
  • Always supervise young children around pets. 
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