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You might think it’s cute – that big, wet and slobbery tongue reaching out from your canine’s jaw and affectionately lapping at you face.
But what if I told you there was something quite sinister about it?
Too bad the same can’t be said for all the bacteria on their tongue.
No. That’s a total myth.
“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, 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 learned the hard way.
She contracted an infection from her Italian greyhound’s saliva. She didn’t even realize anything was wrong until she was on the phone with a relative and began to notice her speech slurring.
By the time the ambulance arrived, she was slumped in her chair, her health degrading rapidly. She recovered within two weeks of intensive care and plenty of antibiotics.
Blood tests showed the infection to blame was due to bacteria, which is commonly found in the mouths of dogs and cats.
from smooching. If the ringworm bacteria is around their mouth and you engage in kissing, bam. Ringworm for you too.
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.
I’d still want to avoid it altogether to be honest, I don’t know about you.
This one’s really bad. How bad? Let’s put it this way – I’m easing you into it with some text before I drop the picture on you.
His feet were even worse. One had to be partially amputated.
We’ll skip those photos.
Seriously, avoid those kisses.