Kissing Your Dog May Be Hazardous To Your Health

By Abby James Nov 29, 2016

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If you own a dog, then you are familiar with your dog’s tongue. Depending on your pooch’s personality, you may get attacked by slobber on a regular basis, or you may only get a few choice licks, but only when you deserve them. No matter what, however, all dog lovers have felt the warm embrace of a tongue lapping at our face, whether we like it or not.
But did you know that kissing your dog can be harmful to your health? Sure, we’ve all heard the rumor that dog’s mouths are cleaner than ours (which is mostly true, depending on the variables at hand), the fact is that sloppy dog kisses can be full of bacteria that can have an adverse impact on our immune systems. Just because they don’t have as much filth in their mouths doesn’t mean that they are “clean.”
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Take, for example, the case of a UK woman who was hospitalized after a brief makeout session with her Italian Greyhound. The 70+-year-old woman complained of headaches and chest pain, and when paramedics found her, she was unresponsive and on the verge of passing out.
At the hospital, she started to recover, but doctors were baffled as to what was going on. When she relapsed in the ER, they finally figured out that she had Sepsis, otherwise known as a blood infection. What was the cause? A nasty little bacteria called Capnocytophaga Canimorsus. This little bug can usually be found in cats and dogs, which is how they deduced that she contracted it from her beloved pet.
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