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If you are a dog owner, then you know that dogs love it when you show them affection. It’s cute to see a dog lick their keeper in the face or mouth to show their love. But did you know that this show of affection can potentially lead to your death?!?
It’s a complete myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than that of a human. No matter how much you take care of your dog, if you notice them carefully, you’ll see the truth.
Dogs spend their entire life sniffing around nasty corners and carry a long list of bacteria in their saliva that can severely threaten human life.
They raid dumpsters and garbage cans, greet their fellow canines with a sniff in the rear making their mouth and muzzle a cesspool of viruses, bacteria, and other germs.
Experts say that a dog’s saliva contains a protein which helps with their healing and cleaning, but there are some organisms unique to dogs that humans are simply not meant to tolerate.
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The list of potential diseases they carry is truly terrifying!
Capnocytophaga Canimorsus is an organism that is found in the mouth of dogs that can cause sepsis infection. This infection works faster than regular infections and the symptoms include fever, chills, sweating, and lethargy.
Roundworms and Hookworms
Let’s not forget about roundworms and hookworms – the most common diseases that dogs pass on to their keepers. Public animal places such as kennels and shelters make their pets more vulnerable to such bacteria.
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
Dogs can carry MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), which is an infection caused by a type of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to many of the antibiotics. They also carry Staphylococcus Aureus, which is similar to MRSA which may not have any effect on them but are deadly to us.
Our furry friends also carry zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from animals and humans) and one lick can lead to your potential death.
We should all reciprocate affections with them but be wary of dogs licking and kissing. Keep them away from any open wounds you might have and make sure their saliva does not reach the wound.
Infants and children should be kept away from their mouths as they pose a greater risk of becoming infected.
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