Many owners may wash their hands after handling pet food but few may think to do so before dishing out dog food or cat food.
However, this should be done, as pet food can be contaminated by harmful bacteria just as our grub can, reports wndu.com.
Speaking to the radio station was The Pet Vet, who revealed some top tips to staying hygienic when it comes to feeding your four-legged friend.
They are quoted as saying: "Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and hot water before and after handling pet foods and treats.
"Wash pet food bowls, dishes, and scooping utensils with soap and hot water after each use as well.
"Do not use the pet's feeding bowl as a scooping utensil - use a clean, dedicated scoop or spoon instead."
These hygiene steps are "crucial" for the safety of the owner and the pet, as bacteria can be passed from people to pets and from pets to people, The Pet Vet explained.