Hand washing essential when dealing with amphibians and reptiles

Hand washing after contact with animals

Supervise children while they wash their hands

Salmonella bacteria can frequently be carried by reptiles and other amphibians, even when they themselves are not ill – making frequent hand washing essential every time anyone comes into contact with them according to the Stillwater News Press website.

The article, written by Elisabeth Giedt, DVM, identifies aquatic turtles as carrying the greatest risk as a result of their surroundings.

Common sense should dictate circumstances and situations in which amphibians should not be handled or placed – particularly in or near food preparation areas and children’s bedrooms advises Ms Giedt.

The importance of effective hand hygiene

Any contact with amphibians should result in a thorough hand wash according to the article – and it essential to make sure that children wash their hands properly.

“Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching or handling any amphibian or reptile, its housing, or anything that has come in contact with the animal including its food or feces.

“Children handling amphibians or reptiles should be closely supervised and assisted with hand washing.”

Veterinary Viewpoints articles on the website are provided by the faculty of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital.

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Avoid the risk – be able to wash your hands near your pets!

TEAL make a range of robust, easy to use and easy to clean mobile sinks and portable basins – many of which are ideal for those who care for pets and other animals.

They are perfect for any situation where a hot water hand wash is a requirement and there is no power supply or plumbing, such as in a stable or outbuilding. The TEAL unit can be taken outside to where the animals are kept. They are also idea for school farms or pets corners.

An effective and fun hand wash can be provided anywhere with these versatile units. They’re entirely self-contained: just fill with warm water and the mobile sinks will keep it warm for hours.