Maybe you think that it’s cute – that big, wet and slobbery tongue reaching out from your canine’s jaw and affectionately lapping at you face.
But there is something quite sinister about it. Yes, your lovely dog is trying to display affection, but what about all the bacteria on their tongue? There is a myth that the dog mouths are cleaner than the human mouths, but that is not true.
Marty Becker, 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. We give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, but they give each other a peck on the rear end.”
John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London says:
“It is not just what is carried in saliva. Dogs are spending half of their life with their noses in the nasty corners or hovering over dog droppings so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all sorts.”
Those viruses and germs are causing conditions that are pretty damaging to human health, as one UK woman has learned the hard way.
She has contracted an infection from her Italian greyhound’s saliva. At first she didn’t realize anything was wrong until one day while she was on the phone with a relative and began to notice her speech slurring.
By the time the ambulance has arrived, she has slumped in her chair, her health degrading rapidly. She has recovered within two weeks of intensive care and plenty of antibiotics.
The blood tests have showed that the infection to blame was due to capnocyrophaga canimorsus bacteria, which can be found in the mouths of dogs and cats.
And she’s not alone, there are 13 similar cases throughout the UK.
That is not the only disease that your dog can pass onto you through their kisses. Ringworm infection is other disease that your dog can pass onto you from smooching, especially If the ringworm bacteria is around their mouth and you engage in kissing.
MRSA infection in humans, which produce lesions like the unsightly one above, can be caused by as little as one lick from your dog.
This bacteria will have a little effect on the dogs health, but it will be very bad for to owner. Staphylococcus aureus is similar to MRSA. Similar bacteria cause it but that bacteria is not as resistant to treatment.
This one’s really bad. The doctor has told to the man that his capnocytophaga canimorsus infection was caused by a dog licking his open wound.
His feet were even worse and one of them had to be partially amputated.
Probably you don’t want to catch a disease from your dog, that will leave you with one foot and disfigured hands. So the best for you is to avoid this kisses.