11 Diseases You Can Get from Your Pet

PetHere’s a certain amount of ickiness you have to accept when you adopt a pet. You know, a good does of eww that goes right along with the whole snuggling and unconditional love thing. That mystery stain on the couch from Mr. Bubbles your basset hound? Best not to think about it. Those tracks leading away from Muppet’s litter box? Let’s pretend it never happened. And don’t ever wonder where that tongue’s been.

But can all those pet germs actually make you sick? In a word: yup.

Just like you can catch a cold from your husband through a kiss or unobstructed sneeze, pets can also pass diseases along to their owners. Don’t worry–we’re not talking about the Pomeranian Death Flu here; nearly everything you could catch from your dog or cat is preventable and treatable. “If you wash your hands and handle your animals carefully and keep them vaccinated and healthy, you shouldn’t have any problems,” says veterinarian Emilio DeBess, DVM, public health veterinary for the state of Oregon. (Find out how to keep your pet clean and disease-free, in The Right Way to Wash Your Pup.)

Here’s a list of what your kitty or pooch might be sharing with you–and what to do about it.

1. Ringworm
When it comes to diseases passed from pet to owner, ringworm is about as contagious as it gets. Ringworm spores can survive for months without a host, where a pet could pick up the fungal infection.

Symptoms in pets: Skin lesions and patches of hair loss with a red mark in the center
Symptoms in people: Red, circular patches on the skin Continue reading

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Money Saving Tricks You Might Not Have Heard of

Money-saving tips and tricks are a dime a dozen these days. At this point, most all of us know that to save money we should do things like bring our lunch to work, make a budget and clip coupons. And many of us probably already do these things — and still can’t seem to save enough.

That’s why I decided to dig into the research journals to uncover proven, little-known ways that consumers can save money. Here are three.

1. Consolidate your bank accounts
For years, the conventional wisdom was that spreading money across various bank accounts encourages consumers to save. But new research by Promothesh Chatterjee, an assistant professor in the School of Business at The University of Kansas, turns that on its head. “We find that individuals are more likely to save if they have only one primary account, rather than many accounts,” Chatterjee said in a statement. “Basically, people look for an excuse to spend, and vague information facilitates this — and having multiple accounts provides just enough vagueness to do the trick.”

2. Avoid the color red in certain shopping situations Continue reading