This Is Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Lick You!
If you’re one of those people who is very close with their dog, you might think is cute when your dog is affectionately lapping at you face.
Even though your little (or big) furry friend genuinely is trying to display affection, this kind of love it can be very dangers and harmful for your health.
Are dog mouths really cleaner than human mouths?
Thats a total myth. Marty Becker, author of Chicken Soup for the Dog Owners Soul, says:
All you have to do is look, watch, smell and youll realize that is not true. They raid the garbage can. You know, we give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, they give each other a peck on the rear end.
A famous professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, John Oxford researched on how much bacteria dogs muzzle and mouth can carry.
He explained: It is not just what is carried in saliva. Dogs spend half their life with their noses in nasty corners or hovering over dog droppings so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all sorts.
There are cases where just because of this situation, humans health is significantly damaged.
The infection was contracted from her Italian greyhounds saliva. She didnt imagine that this can happen and she noticed when her speech started to be more slurring.
After an ambulance came in her home, they saw her slumped in her chair. She needed two weeks of intensive treatment to get back to her feet.
The infection was caused by a bacteria called capnocytophaga canimorsus which is very common to be found in dogs and cats mouths.
In UK only, there were 13 cases reported, but note that Thats not the only disease a dog can pass onto you through their kisses.
A ringworm infection is one of the easiest diseases for your dog to pass onto you from smooching. If the ringworm bacteria is around their mouth and you engage in kissing, bam. Ringworm for you too.
MRSA infection in humans, which produce lesions, for this infection to be contracted only one lick from your dog can make the difference.
Staphylococcus aureus is similar to MRSA. Similar bacteria (which can be found in Fidos mouth) cause it but that bacteria is not as resistant to treatment.
This one is one of the worse that a dog can carry and pass. After a man let his dog lick his open wound he was infected with capnocytophaga canimorsus. One feet had to be partially amputated.
So next time be careful how you interact with your dog and stay healthy.