Warning For Dog Owners
(But Don’t Shoot The Messenger)
Over the years, our dogs have become so important to us that they are now more than just our best friends, they have essentially become our extended family members. In many cases, we even prefer our canines company over our actual human family members. Along with these new roles they fill within our households, dogs have been afforded themselves some added benefits: they sample our finest of human cuisines, they pick the highest pillowed perches to lay on, they receive our biggest hugs and our wettest kisses. They even use us as beds sometimes! In turn, many times, we let them return the affection by letting them lick our faces – but contrary to popular belief this may not be as safe as we have been led to believe.
The age old saying of “dogs mouths are cleaner than humans mouths” is simply not a true fact of reality. Dog’s eat all kinds of things throughout the day that you wouldn’t want anywhere near your face. They also don’t have the luxury of brushing their teeth, sure those dental sticks may give a sensation of minty freshness but that does nothing to control the tons of foreign bacteria that thrive in the mouths of our beloved pooches.
There have been many cases of dogs spreading things like Porphyromonas gulae and also a few very serious cases where dogs have spread more serious infections like tuberculosis to humans, including a little boy in 2013. Essentially, their mouths can become a variable breeding ground for many nasty things even allowing the transfer of salmonella and campylobacter, which can be life-threatening to very young children. It also is a good idea to not them lick you if you have a cut on your face or certain skin problems, in some cases it can even worsen skin problems.
Now listen, we are dog lovers ourselves, so we hate to hear it just as much as you do but it is better to know this information and not heed it than to not know it and run into problems later down he line. Share with someone you know that needs to know this information because it’s better to be safe than sorry!