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Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Allan Drusys shares an informative link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Healthy Pets and Healthy People
Pets provide many benefits to people. However, some pets can carry harmful germs that can make us sick. Pets can spread germs even if they look healthy. Learn ways to stay healthy while enjoying pets.

There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. However, pets can sometimes carry harmful germs that can make us sick even when the pet appears healthy. Below are some tips to help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying pets.

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