Zoonoses: diseases transmittable
from animals to humans
Parasites: Organisms that live on or
within another organism (host)
Cats: when working around the head or neck area, the animal
should be wrapped in a blanket
Dogs: while the dog is standing or sitting, place one arm under the
dog’s neck with forearm holding head. The other arm is placed
around the animal’s body, and animal is held close to handler’s
Rabbits: picked up by grabbing scruff of neck with one hand and
lifting up while placing other hand under rump or abdomen.
Rats & mice: grab gently by tail as close to body of animal as
possible. While in stretched out position, use other hand to grab
all loose skin on neck and shoulders and lift animal.
-Professionals believe a child must be at least 3 years of age to be
considered mature enough to have a pet
-Kittens, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, or mice are good pets for younger
children b/c they are less demanding
-Pets are important in helping people overcome illness
-Pets can help people live longer by helping to lower their blood
pressure, helping to recover from heart attacks, and other serious
- Induce death quickly & humanely
- Accomplished w/ injection of a solution that stops nerve
transmissions and causes muscle relaxation.
- 6 to 12 seconds after injection, the animal will lapse into a deep
- About $1 billion is spent each year in euthanizing unwanted
- Each year, approximately 27 million dogs and cats are born in the
US; 10 million are euthanized each year as unwanted or abandoned.
To solve the overpopulation and unwanted animal problem, the
number of puppies and kittens born must be reduced. To accomplish
this, three events need to occur:
1.) People must be educated to the problem.
2.) Animal control laws must be passed & existing laws
3.) People must recognize the importance of spaying and
When selecting a pet, a person should consider the following questions
carefully before making a purchase:
1.) Where should I obtain a pet?
2.) How much space do I have for a pet?
3.) What kind of animal does my lifestyle allow?
4.) How much will the animal cost?
5.) What will the future bring?
6.) Does everyone in the family want a pet? Are there small children in the
7.) Do I already have a pet that this new animal would have to get along
8.) What kind of personality do I have?
9.) Is this animal a fad or status symbol?
10.) What am I going to use the animal for?