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Dog owners beware: Smooching your pooch could actually make you sick

Dog owners beware: Smooching your pooch could actually make you sick

According to an age-old saying a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s, however according to experts your dog’s well-intentioned kisses can actually made you ill.

A woman from England contracted an infection from her Italian greyhound after he kissed her, and ended up spending weeks in intensive care after multiple organ failures.

Why? Easy. Bacteria!

This happened because a bacteria called Capnocytophaga canimorsus, commonly found in the mouths of household pets like dogs and cats.

But how can you protect yourself? Keep your dogs’ mouths away from your eyes, noses and mouths, as well as any cuts or open wounds.

Health professionals like Neilanjan Nandi, an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine told back in October 2016, the New York Times that most animals’ mouths are host to “an enormous oral microbiome of bacteria, viruses and yeast.”

However, 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.

Keep in mind that when dog saliva touches intact human skin, especially in a healthy person, it is extremely unlikely to cause any problems, as there will be very little absorption through the skin.