There are a lot of benefits to owning a pet. Pets can put you in a better mood, enhance your fitness, and might even boost your immune system. Unfortunately, some pets, like dogs, also come with some pretty terrifying health risks. Though rare, a scratch, bite, or innocent kiss from your pup could result in an infection. Here are health risks dog owners should be aware of.
Dog owners — especially children — are at higher risk of contracting salmonella. It isn’t your furry friend’s fault, though — it’s their food. Some processed pet foods and treats can carry salmonella-causing bacteria that can make you, and not your pets, sick. Though it’s possible to keep your dog on a fresh, more natural diet, do so with caution. The FDA recommends that you avoid feeding your dog raw meat, or follow proper food preparation procedures when handling raw pet food to avoid contamination.