CDC Celebrates National Pet Week

CDC Celebrates National Pet Week

05/07/2017

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? Pets are an important part of our lives. Whether it’s your jogging buddy, couch companion, or quiet confidante, pets are there for us when we need them. Pets help us stay happy and healthy--keeping your pet healthy can help keep you healthy, too!

CDC Celebrates National Pet Week – May 7-13

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? Pets are an important part of our lives. Whether it’s your jogging buddy, couch companion, or quiet confidante, pets are there for us when we need them. Pets help us stay happy and healthy--keeping your pet healthy can help keep you healthy, too!

 

3 Things to Know

  • Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase physical activity, lower stress, and bring happiness to their families.
  • Pets can help us get active and be more social. And that can translate to health benefits for you and your family, such as lower blood pressure and decreased feelings of depression.
  • However, some pets can carry harmful germs that can make people sick, even when the pet appears healthy. That’s why it’s important to do your research when thinking about adding a pet to your home. There is a right pet out there for everyone, but not all pets are right for all people.

 

Take Action

  • Check out Dr. Casey Barton Behravesh’s, Director of CDC’s One Health Office, “Power of the Pet: Pets Enrich our Lives” post on the importance of pets in her life and how she keeps her pets and her family healthy.
  • Get informed about which diseases can be shared between people and animals and the steps you can take to prevent them by visiting CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
  • Explore tips and important things to keep in mind to help pick the pet that’s right for you if you’re thinking about adding a pet to your home.
  • Join CDC in celebrating National Pet Week by following @CDC_NCEZID and using #PetWeek. Follow the conversation to learn great tips on how to stay healthy with your pet. Remember, a healthy pet = a healthy you!

 

Please follow@CDC_NCEZID on Twitter!

 

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