Child Safety and Health around Pets

  • Pets are a valuable part of many family settings, providing companionship and entertainment. 
  • To make sure time spent with pets is safe and healthy, follow the advice on these pages and:
    • Remember that the priority is always your child’s safety and health
    • Supervise your child’s contact with pets as children do not understand danger
    • Make sure hands are washed after touching animals or their toys, food/drink bowls, litter, bed, cage etc

Click on the pictures for lots of useful child safety and health around pets information:

General Pet Safety AdviceReducing the risks from PetsSafety around Dogs

Safety around CatsSafety around BirdsSafety around Rabbits

Safety around RodentsSafety around ReptilesSafety around Fish

 Further information:


Most unintentional injuries (often called accidents) can be prevented:

Remember the key message where child safety is concerned -
Watch your child at all times, as children do not understand danger

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