Along with love, pets can spread germs.

In the US, pets rule the roost in many households. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are 70 million to 80 million dogs and 74 million to 96 million cats living in American homes.

Canines, felines and other pets can provide companionship and love. But those furry friends can also be germ spreaders, transmitting infections and diseases to their owners. In October 2015, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revamped its “Healthy Pets Healthy People” website. The new site allows users to search by pet type or disease. It provides information on how to prevent pet-borne diseases and protect yourself from wild animals that carry disease. The site also shares tips on pet safety during natural disasters.