Affectionate dog owners believe:
“ Love is when your dog lick your face, even after you left him alone all day”.
But did you ever give it a thought that your pet dogs mouth may be full of bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and germs of all kinds?
You might think it’s really cute that a big, wet, sloppy tongue smothering your lips and face, but its side effects are really disturbing in most cases.
It leads to diseased painful lips, ugly wounds filled with pus.etc. Letting your pet lick your face can be a powerful killer.
Most of all, Affectionate dog owners are at risk of catching a deadly disease directly through their mouth opening. this is really opposite of living a healthy and long-lasting lifestyle.
Pets are great at cheering up their owners when they are down or facing a mental depressive illness. But may be responsible for potentially threatening their lives. There is a myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than humans which is all made up and is very much wrong. A slang made for own convenience may result in increasing your mentally weak state.
Dog expert M. Baker said, all you have to do is watch their drooling saliva smell it and you will realize the truth yourself. Dogs contain many harmful bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. These bacteria are common and your dog can pick them up from anywhere i.e:
- By sniffing other dogs, their own back,
- Hovering their noses over the Poop, contaminated food or water from streams and ponds etc.
These pathogens are very harmful to the health of the dog as well as the owner.
- Dogs raid the garbage with their mouth,
- Lick the wounds on their own body, lick own private parts and with the same mouth, they lick the owners face, when saying hello!. Check out more in the video at the end.
So, it is well understood but we often ignore this thought out of affection for the pets. Therefore, never let them lick your face. Dogs spend most of the time:
- Hovering their noses in nasty corners, on dog droppings and checking out ugly garbage cans. So their muzzles or open mouth gets filled with deadly germs, bacteria viruses, and parasites of all kinds.
The human mouth is also full of bacteria but we can’t compare it to a dogs mouth because both of them are in the completely different environment.
Diseases that are most likely to occur when your dog licks your face are
- Gingivitis: related to irritation, redness, and swelling of gums.
- Periodontal diseases: are painful infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone
- MRSA- presents as small red bumps on the skin that become filled with pus and is severely painful.
- Ringworm disease.
- Staphylococcus Aureus- Severe lips infection
- Porphyromonas gulae- cause inflamed gums and even tooth loss. It is a very common problem and 16% owners, worldwide, surely have it, studies reveal.
Some of the bacteria in dogs mouth are resistant to antibodies. It is seriously advised by doctor never to let your pet dog or cat or any animal lick an open wound on your body.
Because if you have an open wound and your dog licks that area, in that case, bacteria from the pet’s mouth can reach deeper inside your body.
Humans are incapable to develop immunity for some parasites that dogs carry in their saliva. These parasites will make you sick again and again. So, it is better if you could avoid the licking.
The harmful pathogens enter your body easily through:
- The mucous membrane of your mouth, nose, and eyes. So it is advisable to keep the dog’s tongue away from those areas.
Still, if your dog licks you, wash that body part thoroughly with soap and water after the cuddling is done.
Finally, never let the dog lick your face and body when it is sick or it has diarrhea. At this time the infection is really very intense and it’s better if avoided.
People with weak immune systems are more likely to acquire the disease. These include:
- Elderly people,
- Pregnant women,
- People with the previous history of HIV AIDS,
- People receiving chemotherapy,
- Transplant patients etc.
Therefore, all are advised to:
- Wash their hands thoroughly after cuddling or holding the dog.
- Wear protective gloves while attending to the dog.
- Never let your pet lick your face or an open wound on your body.
- Isolate the dog so as to avoid spreading their fecal matter (pee and Poop mostly), all over the house. As it is necessary to maintain hygiene and avoid foul smelling in the house.
- Do not let them in your bed.
- Never use same utensils in which your dog eats food.
- Wash your hands and spoon after feeding them and wear protective gloves when attending their needs,
- Keep your pup healthy and maintain the hygiene.
- Affectionate dog owners are advised to consult a Doctor regularly.