Are Your Pets a Health Risk?

Dr. Tony Kremer with tips on keeping you and your pets healthy.
6:57 | 12/09/11

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A survey from the Centers for Disease Control shows that 56%. Of dog owners in the US let their -- not asleep next about it. But is. Joining us to discuss the dangers of sleeping with your pets -- veterinarian doctor Tony -- And -- also joined by Pierre and pebbles here too adorable dogs. Who are both available for adoption through the humane society of New York struggles and so you wouldn't be here. Not only -- only loving guys don't have a home. Ryan Miller so are they are so Q&A -- we want to put the word out there anybody's looking for a pet. This is the time Begin before the holidays when things get -- that's right guys are available that's -- and when you see how cute they aren't easy to understand why so many people. Like -- with their -- that's right they say that over 56% of people have their pets sleep on their bed dogs and cats. And this study came out and gave. That huge population of people -- big scare now is it safe to sleep with your -- that is the threat real. Yes there's a threat there is it possible yes but is -- probable know to catch you into cats -- enthusiastic. -- from the past now I mean they they talked about a lot of different really sinister things. We have seen. People get a little rest from their patents are allergic reaction those are things that -- -- -- commonly that we see that -- minor not big deals. This study talked about the playing and cat scratch fever and means and and things that. Are you very -- one and a million things. What percentage of people actually catching diseases like that from now very smiling movies behind -- there's a a number out there is so small. Right so but is in danger then you know your dogs are out about stepping in goodness knows why it's and they come in here that -- mean is there a hygienist. That's probably. Number one if we if we take these precautions -- really talk about the chances of catching something or I'm pretty much zero. And hygiene is very important because. Dogs are outside the noon hour issue -- and a lift their feet they -- -- dead animal on the -- and we just want to make sure the players are cautious of that. One question came up was about -- having pets lick your face -- and -- sleeping under beds one thing. I think common sense tells us of -- are looking all these bad things out in the yard and whatnot you don't want them looking race not that I had. Tennis you know when it comes to children because they may be as cautious as we had a -- run right up to an audience clobbered and clobbered lot of irony here is -- -- more danger our hands and. If there ever is an issue of a person catching a parasite or something from. I've done it pretty much would be in children where the hygiene is not so great we teach our kids -- You know to avoid that licking the face right to wash their hands after they play with -- pat and maybe we should let our kids sleep but the dogs. Well I heard so that I would say if you take the proper precautions and you take -- done to the veterinarian make sure that. There had to miss this once a year check up so they don't that we can keep them disease free and there isn't a whole host of people out there there have heard about -- -- -- like every three years now. Although there are some. Shots out there that can be given every three years that vaccines for diseases that we can -- from our pets left those -- -- Lyme Disease are things we can catch from them. Pavel want to go to camp. -- Those vaccines need to be given every single year -- planned on -- better and better every year and and again if you protect your -- against diseases. The chance of you getting them are -- perhaps when it comes to babies at least maybe that's why I think you know I think from you know a lot of standpoint we -- -- we need. Be cautious of babies and that was with -- and not leave them unattended -- But again it did the -- disease transmission is is just something that I wouldn't want them public so afraid to be clear let's go through the proper precautions and everyone to grant loans. When we do we talked -- -- -- there. The deed the biggest thing you know I think we -- -- -- is parasites don't -- -- -- say it's a little bit easier again because of hygiene issues and when we go to the event once here once a year we take crystals sample and and we checked for parasites if they have something and we given medication to clear -- and it's easy to take care of. If you have your pets sleep with you well I might do that twice a year how hard is -- to drop that sample off. Every six months the and the other thing is is that. -- a big component just giving that giving them the medicine to get repairs it anyway it's -- simple thing no side effects might just ask your veterinarian you know. This is he's not part of our family yeah. Economy sure there's no -- its people and give me do you warmer anywhere waves and inexpensive way did just double the safety and so once you cover all those faces you should be OK you don't you don't see a problem with thinking with their pat -- -- one other thing that we want to make sure is. A lot of these diseases have intermediate host of the fleet. We -- a mixture briefly antics should be a thing of the past with -- they're such good prescription. Medications that they can take a little bit drops on their neck or pills -- thing and take that absolutely eliminate. Please intakes and so we're giving heart -- medication to our pets. Once a month even have medication -- -- fleeing take. Repellents and insecticide is is in that makes it very simple to do and if you if your -- doesn't have those. Parasites were not going to be worried about catching something like Lyme Disease or. Now -- your pet does come home with some of some -- And you're worried that made me. For police suspect your home do you need to take extra precaution that's one great thing about these medications if they're on an all year round -- the fleet gets on them. It's going to die very quickly. People have because this season -- -- -- -- these in the wintertime well -- have a weird life life cycle with an eight falls in the carpet in the household. It could -- in the wintertime we do see some leaves emerge in the winter and so -- just stand and medication it's inexpensive and maybe. Ten dollars a month so yeah. Pat it's especially if you go ahead and get something that is of prescription based on their -- from your veterinarian. I really try to -- have people avoid just finding something in the Internet -- might have toxins or insecticide spraying poisonous. Or may be fake we've had people get Internet and it isn't the real I want this in the home that pose a danger to your children. There are diseases that please can transmit and again it's it's one of those things that we you know we we want to avoid just because the cleanliness and as the while it's gross to have Clinton takes away and those -- simple keep -- any. Thank you so much doctor -- thank you and pier and you are just adorable I just -- that someone is going to adopting right now don't forget that he could adopt Pierre by going to be even got a pet finder dot com to get more from its friend Pierre here. -- -- -- You're welcome thank you.

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