Pets and Animals

Pets can make a wonderful addition to any family. They can teach children about responsibility, provide companionship or just make life more fun. Whether your pet is covered in fur or covered in scales, make sure you know how to be a responsible pet owner. Brush up on your pet safety to avoid animal bites, aggression, parasites and infections.

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  • Avoiding Snakebites

    Snakes are most active in the spring, early summer and fall. Most snakebites occur between April and October, when weather…

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  • Cat and Dog Bites

    Cat and dog bites are common injuries. Learn tips about how to handle, treat, and prevent bites from pets or…

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  • Dog Bites: How to Teach Your Children to Be Safe

    Any dog may bite if it feels threatened. Children are the most common victims of dog bites. Teach your child…

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  • Pets and Parasites

    Household pets can carry parasites (living organisms) that can make pets and people sick. Certain precautions can reduce the risk…

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