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Wash dog toys to keep bacteria down, veterinarian says

Tests of five toys belonging to a single dog turned up no E. coli but various other bacteria, and the company that did the testing says 60% of the dust in pet owners' homes comes from those animals. Bacteria from toys can be transferred not only to food and water dishes but also to people's hands, so toys should be washed periodically, flooring should be kept clean, and people should wash their hands after touching toys, says veterinarian Lynn Happel.

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