Are you obsessed with your dog to the degree that you treat him more like your child and not just a pet? Or do you call yourself his Mommy or Daddy? Do you feel that your dog is the sweetest creature around you and you cannot resist yourself from kissing him or her? If that’s the case with you, then you seriously need to change the way you show affection to your dog. Kissing your dog and let him lick your face and body can put you in some real danger.
I know it is hard to believe but kissing your dog, especially on your mouth can cause you some serious health problems. Reasons are of course obvious that dogs spend so much time outdoors sniffing at everything they come across. John Oxford, emeritus professor of virology and bacteriology at Queen Mary University in London, said ‘It is not just what is carried in saliva. Dogs spend half of 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.’
Kiss or Kiss of Death?
Many researches and studies have also shown that kissing is your dog can become the cause of your death too. And it is not just dogs, they can also be affected by the bacterias they received from Human. The only difference between the dog and human is that human maintains hygiene, they wash their hands and clean their mouth. On the other hand, dogs lick their body to make it clean or you give them a bath to maintain to make their body bacteria free but do you know dogs saliva naturally carries bug?
According to a Japenese team of scientists, the dental plaque collected from dogs and human revealed that bacterias found in dog saliva can cause severe illnesses. And these bacteria are more harmful to us than to Dogs. “The diseases we worry about most come from some of the bugs that cause gastrointestinal problems in humans,” said Dr. Sykes.
And you cannot blame your dog for this as they don’t realize the harm they cause you when they lick you. Instead, they lick you just to show that affection they have for you. So it’s not them who is responsible, it is you who need to make the changes in the way you and your dog share affection with each other.
According to Dr. Oz– “If your pooch is a scavenger, then a canine lick on the lips could jeopardize your health. The half-eaten hot dog your dog found on the street — or the feces he was nibbling on — could be loaded with germs and bacteria such as toxocara, salmonella, giardia, hookworm, tapeworm and many others, putting your family’s health at risk.”
Though the cases are rare, but if this can happen, it is always better to take precautions than to suffer. According to Shelley Rankin, associate professor of microbiology at Penn Vet, “There have only been about 13 cases reported in the entire United Kingdom, and I’m guessing on a similar scale in the U.S.”
Pat them or Play with them to show affection
When you bring your dog home, he becomes the essential part of your life and family. We develop a great affection for them and cannot even imagine our life without them. It is okay if you kiss him once or twice in a month. But try to avoid it as much as you can. Instead pat your dog, take him out for a walk or play with them. This way you can show your affection to them and can also stay healthy at the same time. Living with dog have many other health benefits too but kissing your dog is definitely- a big No !