No, I’m not saying your beloved dog is trying to harm you. Your little (or big) furry friend genuinely is trying to display affection with his dog lick.
Too bad the same can’t be said for all the bacteria on the dog’s tongue. Are dog mouths really cleaner than human mouths? No. That’s a total myth.
Author and dog expert Marty Becker puts it quite well when he 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.”
John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, expanded further on just how much bacteria your dog’s muzzle and mouth can carry.
“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.”
Basically, your dog’s mouth is disgusting and can pass diseases onto you through dog kisses…Like Capnocytophaga Canimorsus: This one’s really bad. How bad? This man was told by his doctor that his capnocytophaga canimorsus infection was caused by a dog licking his open wound.
Ringworm infection: 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: MRSA infection in humans, which produce lesions like the unsightly one above, can be caused by as little as one lick from your dog.
Dogs can carry around this bacteria with very little effect on their own health but when an owner comes into contact with it.
Staphylococcus Aureus: Staphylococcus aureus is similar to MRSA.
Similar bacteria (which can be found in Fido’s mouth) cause it but that bacteria is not as resistant to treatment.
Are you going to catch a disease from your dog that leaves you with one foot and disfigured hands? Probably not.
But are you going to take the chance? Seriously, avoid those kisses.
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