Wash your hands, help your pet!
The bigger concern is the microscopic amounts of dirt and germs on your hands that you can't see, and the best way to take care of that is really to make hand hygiene part of your routine. Make it something that just naturally goes along with playing with your pet, or cleaning the cat's litterbox, or poop-scooping after your dog. To learn more, register for Dr. Phil Zeltzman's newsletter.
Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified traveling veterinary surgeon near Allentown, PA.