The Reasons Why You Should Not Allow You Dog To Lick You
Many dog owners think that the licks they receive on their face from their dogs are adorable. However, you should be aware that these licks and kisses can be very dangerous.
Of course, your dog does not want to hurt you intentionally. Your loyal companion will never hurt you. With the licks and kisses dogs only want to show their love for you and simply have fun.
However, pets’ mouths are full of many different types of bacteria that can endanger your health.
It is a false myth that pets’ mouths are cleaner when compared to human mouths
According to experts, we should just look at dogs’ mouths, smell them and realize the truth. Most dogs have awful breath. This pretty normal, as dogs love to sniff and lick many dirty things.
Most people get shocked when they find out how many bacteria can be found in a dog’s mouth. Moreover, the bacteria is not only located in the dog’s saliva. Even the muzzles are loaded with germs, bacteria and viruses as dogs love to sniff and lick various disgusting things.
The microorganisms in your dog’s saliva and muzzle can negatively affect your health and cause dangerous health problems. One woman in the UK did not believe this until she experienced it on her own.
The woman got a terrible infection from the saliva of her dog. Moreover, she was not aware of the condition until her voice while talking on the phone changed. While she was talking, her speech started to slow down. She panicked and called the emergency immediately. Her condition was terrible when the paramedics arrived. After two weeks of treatment, she recovered.
Her infection was caused by the bacteria called capnocytophaga canimorsus. This bacterium is often found in mouths of both dogs and cats. There are also other cases where people were infected from this bacterium by their pets.
Other problems that your dog’s licks may cause are the ringworm infections and MRSA infection. The MRSA infection causes creation of nasty lesions.
These infections and bacteria may not affect the health of your dog immediately. However, this is not the case with people.
Another bacterium, related to MRSA, that you can get from your pet is the staphyolococcus aureus.
These bacteria, especially capnocytophaga canimorsus, are especially dangerous if your dog licks an open wound. Even if you have not been infected by these bacteria and your dog licks you constantly, don’t take the risk.