You might find it cute that you and your canine best friend share affection and love through kissing (your dog licking your face and mouth).
But what if we told you that there is something really disturbing and sinister in the fact that you let your dog lick you. No, we are not saying that your beloved canine friend is trying to harm you. Your furry friend genuinely is trying to display its love and affection for you.
But, that can not be said for harmful bacteria on the dog’s mouth.
ARE DOG MOUTHS REALLY CLEANER THAN HUMAN MOUTHS?
No they are not and that’s a total myth. This really explains it why you should never let a dog lick you.
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. 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, explained further about the amount of bacteria a dog’s muzzle 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.”
The germs on a dog’s tongue and muzzle can be harmful to humans and one UK woman learned that the hard way.
She picked up an infection from her dog’s (Italian greyhound) saliva. She wasn’t aware that anything was wrong until she was on the phone with a relative and began to notice her speech slurring.
When the ambulance arrived, she was in her chair, heavily breathing. She recovered with plenty of antibiotics and two weeks of intensive care.
Blood tests showed that the cause of infection was a bacteria called capnocytophaga canimorsus , which is commonly found in the mouths of dogs and cats.
And she is not the only one – there have been 13 similar cases throughout the UK.