Dogs have a well-deserved reputation as man’s best friend – their loyalty and affection for their humans is easy to spot. And with dogs in more than 60 million households, they can easily claim status as the country’s most popular pet.
But dogs are more than loveable and fun: research has found that dog owners are more active, social, and even have lower rates of cardiovascular disease.
Despite all the health benefits that dogs bring to humans, they can still transmit disease and germs that can make people sick. Routine veterinary care and proper sanitary practices are important.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers important information about how to keep dogs and humans healthy.