Pets are a great way of teaching kids responsibility from an early age. In a way, both the pet and your child take care of each other and develop a strong bond.
However, as a concerned parent, there are a few things you need to do. Pets carry a lot of germs and worms which can be contagious to your baby.
But worry not, we’re here with a few easy tips that’ll help your pet and your precious from any harm.
Keeping Safe from Worms
Tapeworm, roundworm, and hookworm are some of the parasites commonly seen dogs and cats. They can easily transfer to your toddler due to close proximity or otherwise.
Roundworm causes an infection called toxocariasis. Most of the time, this infection presents with minimal symptoms. Although the lifespan of the parasite is short, they can cause damage to the liver and eyes resulting in pneumonia and blindness.
You can take the following necessary precautions to keep your child safe.
Cover the Sandbox
Keep the sandbox or litterboxes covered. Most parasites spread through feces and if a child crawls through it they can get in contact with the feces and get affected.
Deworm the Pets
Kids love hanging around the furry animals. You can find them snuggling together. That’s why you should always take steps and have your kittens and puppies tested for worms.
Give them the necessary treatment and get them dewormed. That way they will be healthy and can spend time with the pets.
There is no one-stop solution to removing worms permanently. They can easily manifest again. Pets run around outside and come in contact with many things which carry worms. Putting them on a monthly deworming medication is the safest choice.
If your pet pooped somewhere other than the sandbox, clean it up immediately. Don’t let it lying around on the floor. Your toddler may come across it.
The best way to clean up pet accidents is through a pet-friendly carpet cleaner. They’re fast, easy to use and very effective.
Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap after you’ve cleaned the poop.
Limit Play Area
Kids love to play with the puppies and the kittens. It’s their favorite thing to go and find them. Don’t let your kid play anywhere near the sandbox or any place that can be a breeding ground for worms.
Teach your kids to wash their hands after they have played with the pets. Dog saliva and furs sometimes contain germs and other bacteria. Explain to your kids the importance of hygiene.
Keeping Safe from Germs
Pets may carry a lot of germs. And the kids simply adore playing with them. You need to keep keen eyes on somethings to keep the fun going and stop the germs flowing.
Teach your toddler to treat the pets with respect. Don’t allow them to pull their ears or fur or hit the pets. It might irritate or anger them. Dog saliva contains germs and may cause skin irritation or a skin infection for your toddler.
Don’t Feed the Pets in the Kitchen
Make a separate feeding place for your pets and don’t feed them in the kitchen where you and your family eats. Dry dog foods sometimes carry salmonella. Which is very bad for your toddler’s health. They fall innocent victims to infections this way.
Keep the Doggie Treats Away
Kids find doggie treats quite tasty. They sometimes try to sneak one in their mouth, when no one is watching. What’s good for the pet can be bad for your toddler.
Wash Dog Toys
Kids love playing with pet toys as much as they love playing with the pets. Dogs and cats bite and chew on their toys. They also carry their toys outside to dirt. So, to keep your toddler safe, wash their toys occasionally.
Don’t let your toddler come anywhere close to the toys. Chances are they will also copy your pets and put pet toys in their mouth. Germs in the dog or cat saliva can spread into them this way and will cause serious illness.
Dogs sure do love to lick. Don’t let them lick your toddler’s face or anywhere else. Dogs saliva has germs. If your child has a cut or bruises anywhere, the saliva can cause infection.
If the dogs lick their face, the saliva can get inside their mouth. Which may cause an upset stomach. So don’t allow licking.
Encourage Personal Hygiene
Teach your child about personal hygiene. It’s healthy to have them wash their hands after every time after they’re done playing with the pets. Teach them to wash their hands every time they come in contact with the pets.
Wash the Food and Water Bowl
Wash your pets food and water bowl every day. I once found my two-year-old drinking from our dog’s water bowl. It gave him a bad stomach ache.
Keeping the utensils clean keeps your dog safe from germs as well. Wash them every day and keep them away from the reach of your kids. Take them out when it’s feeding time.
Give Regular Baths
Make time to give regular baths to your pet. They play outside and run around a lot. They come in contact with a lot of dirty things. Staying dirty can cause flea and tick infestation. Give them baths and use an anti-tick and flea shampoo. Ticks cause Lyme disease and flea may cause severe skin allergy.
Don’t Feed of Your Plate
Discourage your toddler to feed the pets off their plate. Dogs and cats put their mouth to a lot of things. Some of these things include raccoon feces. Which carries a lot of germs. When they are eating off your child plate they are contaminating the whole plate. And if your toddler eats the same food, it can cause serious illness.
Having a furry friend can be the best and the worst thing that happened to you. If you aren’t a little careful. Staying cautious can save you and your toddler from harm’s way. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Just follow the tips we suggested to keep your child out of the harm’s way.