(HealthDay News) -- Having a four-legged friend around the house could make us happier, healthier and help us live longer.
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But Fido and Fluffy also harbor germs that could make us sick, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. The agency recommends washing your hands well:
- After touching or playing with your pet.
- After feeding your pet or handling pet food.
- After handling pet equipment, such as cages, tanks or toys.
- After cleaning up from your pet.
- After leaving areas where animals live (coops, barns, stalls, etc.), even if you did not touch an animal.
- Before eating or preparing food or drink.
- After removing soiled clothes or shoes.
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