This Is Why You Should Never Let Your Dog Lick Your Mouth

Many people think that letting their dog lick their face is cute and funny, but it is nothing of the sort. In fact, scientists have discovered that a dog’s mouth and tongue have more bacteria than a toilet seat, which can seriously endanger your health.

According to Marty Becker, a dog expert, dogs often raid the trash and even sniff other dogs’ behind. This means that they have a lot of harmful bacteria on their face and in their mouths, which can easily transfer to our face when you let them lick it and cause serious problems. “Dogs spend most of their time with their noses in dirty corners and garbage,” Dr. John Oxford, a virology professor from the Queen Mary University says. “They gather a lot of dangerous bacteria every day, so when you allow them to lick your face, you can be sure it’s going to cause problems,” he says.

To put it simply, a dog’s mouth is full of germs which can transmit a lot of infections including Capnocytophaga Canimorsus. Haven’t heard the term? Capnocytophaga Canimorsus is a vicious gram-negative bacterium which can cause severe illness, especially in people with pre-existing conditions. On the other hand, here’s what your dog can also transmit:

Ringworm

Ringworm infections are pretty common infections which can be transmitted through a dog’s smooch. Once it enters your body, the infection can severely decimate your organs and cause serious health problems.

MRSA

MRSA is a superbug which can cause lesions like the one you can see in the picture above. It isn’t harmful for dogs, but can wreak havoc in your system.

Staphylococcus aureus

This bacterium is similar to MRSA and just as destructive. Luckily, it is not super resistant and can be treated with antibiotics.

In conclusion, the risk of getting a nasty disease from your dog’s smooch is low, but why risk it? Here’s a video that can help you learn more on the topic:

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