So many dog owners do it. Even strangers will go up to dogs and do it. They stick their face right up to the dog’s face and allow them to lick relentlessly with their big, slobbery tongue. All over their own lips!
While we often don’t think much of it, it turns out this is a really nasty practice that you probably never will want to do again after reading, and seeing, this!
While the dog is clearly displaying affection for you with it’s big slobbery kisses, all that bacteria that ends up on their tongue, and onto your face, is not so affectionate, and can be seriously harmful.
Of course there’s been the myth perpetuated regarding dogs mouths being cleaner than human mouths. False!
Here’s what Marty Becker, who wrote the book ‘Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul, says about just how nasty a dogs mouth really is:
Are dog mouths really cleaner than human mouths?
No. That’s a total myth.
And here’s what John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, has to say to dispel this false notion:
“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.”
Those viruses and germs can cause conditions that are pretty damaging to human health, as one U.K. woman learned the hard way.
Just because the dog is cute, doesn’t take away from where their tongue has been. Nasty viruses and germs can give humans some very nasty health effects!
A U.K. woman found this out first hand as she received an infection from her beloved greyhound dog
It was actually her speech that started to slur on the phone when she realized something was up.
Her health began to quickly degrade. It would end up taking two weeks of intensive care, along with a boatload of antibiotics for her to recover.
It was “capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria” which was to blame, and which is usually found in dogs and cats mouths.
In the U.K. there’s been thirteen other cases of this as well.
But this is not isolated to just one bacteria of condition.
That’s not the only disease Fido can pass onto you through their kisses.
There’s also ringworm infection.
This is actually one of the easiest forms of infection for your dog to get. All you need is a kiss from Fido, and if he has ringworm bacteria around his mouth, then you soon will to.
Then there is MRSA.
This produces nasty lesions and all it takes is a single lick from your pooch.
Dogs don’t have to fear MRSA too much, but they can be a carrier of it and if you get it, things can look very nasty.
Dogs can carry around this bacteria with very little effect on their own health but when an owner comes into contact with it… Yeah, it’s a bad time.
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.
It was so bad, his foot had to be partially amputated! You don’t want to even see those photos.
So the likelihood of you ending up with severely messed up hands and a foot that has to be cut off, is not very high, but who wants to take this chance?
It’s really time to seriously reconsider how you show your dog affection. Think hard next time your dog wants to shower face kisses on you, or wants to help heal your open wound by licking them. The potential consequences are definitely not worth it!
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