We all love dogs, right? But, let me ask you a simple question – what do you think, should you let your dog lick you? Share your thoughts in the commend section below! Well, you might think it’s cute (that big, wet and slobbery tongue reaching out from your canine’s jaw and affectionately lapping at you face) – but trust me, you will be shocked when you find out about the consequences.
And don’t get us wrong, we’re not trying to tell you that your dog is trying to harm you or anything like that. Your little or big friend genuinely is trying to display affection. And, unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing for all the bacteria on their tongue. You’ve probably heard the old saying –the dog mouths are cleaner than human mouths, right? Well, that’s a myth!
The famous author and writer, Marty Becker, the author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul, says:
“All you have to do is look, watch, smell and you’ll 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.”
And, John Oxford, a professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, said that your dog’s mouth can carry lots of dangerous bacteria and it can transfer it to his owner. Professor John Oxford said:
“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.”
The experts say that you should be very careful, because these viruses and germs can cause conditions that are pretty damaging to human health! Yes, and unfortunately, this woman from the U.K. learned this – the hard way. This woman contracted an infection from her Italian greyhound’s saliva. She didn’t even realize anything was wrong until she was on the phone with a relative and began to notice her speech slurring. And, unfortunately, by the time the ambulance arrived, she was slumped in her chair, her health degrading rapidly. She recovered within two weeks of intensive care and plenty of antibiotics.
The doctors said that the blood tests showed the infection to blame was due to capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria, which is commonly found in the mouths of dogs and cats. And the real and ugly truth is that she’s not alone – there have been 13 similar cases throughout the UK, in the last few years. And, once again, you should be very careful, because that’s not the only disease your dog can pass onto you through their kisses.
Note: you should also know that there’s aringworm infection. Did you know that a ringworm infection is one of the easiest diseases for your dog to pass onto you from smooching? Well yes, and you should also know that if the ringworm bacterium is around their mouth and you engage in kissing – that’s it! Ringworm for you too.
What’s a MRSA infection? You should know that the MRSA infection in humans, which produce lesions like the unsightly one above, can be also caused by as little as one lick from your dog. Yes, and the experts say that the dogs can carry around this bacterium with very little effect on their own health but when an owner comes into contact with it.Yes, and this means that you should be very careful.
Staphylococcus Aureus – here’s what you need to know: staphylococcus aureus is similar to MRSA. Similar bacteria,which can be found in your dog’s mouth! Yes, and once again – you should avoid “kissing” your dog.
Capnocytophaga Canimorsus – I don’t want to scare you, but you should be very careful! Because this one’s really bad. And now you probably ask yourself – how bad? Here’s what you need to know – a doctor told this man that his capnocytophaga canimorsus infection was caused by a dog licking his open wound. And, you don’t want to see his feet! Yes, trust me, his feet were even worse. One had to be partially amputated.We’ll skip those photos – for now.
As you can see, “kissing” your dog can be very dangerous! And this means one thing – you should definitely avoid this bad habit! We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and take care