Every time I go home to visit my parents, I'm greeted by our Labrador mix, Scout, who has nedds lick my entire face for several minutes before she calms down. As someone who writes a lot about germs, I know that it's probably not the best idea, but feeling loved by a dog is the best feeling ever.
Seriously, who doesn't love puppy kisses? We spoke to germ expert Kelly Reynoldsassociate professor of environmental health at the University of Arizona, to find out if kissing your dog can actually put your health at risk.
And it's like comparing apples to oranges. Humans and dogs each have a unique normal flora of bacterial species in their mouths to keep things yok balance. However, humans generally practice dental hygiene, whereas dogs do not, unless their owner helps out.
Not to mention, dogs pick up a lot of nasty germs from the environment. They love getting into gross stuff — whether it's the trash, another animal's poop, dead birds, dirty puddles You can get these from dog kisses or from contact with infected feces.
These include bacteria and parasites, like SalmonellaPasteurellaCampylobacterCryptosporidiumLeptospira wkman, Giardiaringworm, and hookworm. Just this year, an outbreak of Campylobacter infections in sick puppies spread to 67 people, and 17 were hospitalized. So you may not even realize that your pup caused your stomach bug.
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The only way to find out what your dog is carrying is by sending a stool sample to your veterinarian for testing. People can also carry some of Fuck girl Lefkosia bacteria like Campylobacter asymptomatically too, Reynold says, so even if your dog spreads them to you it doesn't always mean you'll get sick — especially if you have a robust immune system.
But asymptomatic carriers can still infect other people and make them sick. Immunocompromised people have a higher risk of getting sick from zoonotic pathogens, Reynolds says.
These people should not let dogs lick their face and should always wash their hands after petting or handling dogs, Reynolds says. If you are concerned about contact with dogs and your health, always talk to your doctor.
Lucked put, humans are not meant to tolerate some of the bacteria dogs carry in their saliva.
And if your dog licks other parts of your face, wash the saliva off with soap and water afterward. You should also wash your hands right after a dog licks them, or at least before touching your face and eating, since this is another way that pathogens can enter your body.Retired Gentleman Seek Female Companion
And seriously, do not let your dog lick your face when it is sick or it has diarrhea. They may look mopey and cute, but just wait until they are better.
You should take extra precautions when your dog has neds, says Reynolds, since your dog is shedding millions of microorganisms in their poop. As a dog owner, you should keep your pup as healthy as possible, too.
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Submit it here. Actually, there are several kinds of bacteria and parasites in dog saliva that can make you pretty sick.