Doctors Are Now Urging Not To Let Your Dog Lick You – Here’s Why

Some people allow their pet lick their face, as it is a kind of bonding experience, and share the joy with their furry best friend. It is an opportunity to enjoy the moments when your dog wants to express his love to you!

However, despite being adorable, doctors say that there are several good reasons to resist this. This is mostly due to the serious threats to your health that this habit may impose.

This licking mechanism in dogs is linked to their canine social norms, and can mean the following:

  • In most cases, when a dog wants to lick its owner, it is a gesture of affection
  • A way to seek for attention
  • a way to communicate with each other, when they do not want to bark or yap.
  • Dogs love scents, so the taste and scent of their owner are their favorite thing.

However, it is a myth that the canine mouths are cleaner than the mouths of humans. This may be a result of the fact that their wounds heal when dogs lick them, but the fact is that this happens only due to the stimulated circulation that the dead tissues are healed.

Yet, the bad breath of dogs reveals that their mouth is not the cleanest place we believe it is. As soon as you find out what all can be found in the saliva of your dog, you will not be too fond to enjoying its kisses anymore.

Marty Becker, a veterinarian, claims that the doggy mouths are definitely not clean, but carry and transmit microbes which may lead go various diseases, including:

-Staphylococcus Aureus

Staph can sometimes be passed from dog to human, and lead to food poisoning, skin boils, and even toxic shock syndrome.

-E.Coli

This dangerous pathogen may be found in the mouth of your dog and lead to fatigue, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting.

-MRSA

Only one kiss offers the opportunity for MRSA to transplant germs right onto your lips. This antibiotic-resistant form of staph bacteria may cause boils, sores, and other mild skin infections.

It is not life-threatening in most cases, but if it enters the bloodstream and causes sepsis, you have a 25% chance of dying. Pathogens on the saliva of your dog may enter the thinner mucous membranes, such as your lips, and cause various issues.

-Ringworm

This nasty infection, also known as jock itch and athlete’s foot, is a result of fungus and may cause unpleasant, itchy rashes which form in a concentric ring.

Due to all this, you should not allow the tongue of your loving dog come into contact with the thin membranes in your mouth, eyes, or nose.

Also, be careful not to come into contact with cuts, wound. In case you have a weak immune system, these doggy kisses should be avoided at any cost.

If your dog still succeeds to give you a surprise lick, you should wash the area with soap and water right away, in order to prevent the transfer of germs afterward when you touch the eyes, mouth, or nose.

The following video will provide more reasons why you should stop your dog from licking your face:

Sources:
Business Insider
WebMD
PetMD
MedicineNet

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