22 Feb |
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Austin, Campylobacter, Clostridia, Copraphagia, Dental Hygiene, Dog Kisses, Dog Mouths, Dog walking, Pasteurella, Pet care, Pet health, Pet lover, Pet service, Texas, zoonotic
We’ve all heard for years that dog’s mouths are cleaner than humans, but how much truth does this hold?
To find out the truth, I contacted Dr. Aziza Glass, a recent graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Glass was gracious enough to write an article giving a little more insight to this myth. Check it out!
There’s a reason why canines are called man’s best friend. They have evolved to be a great companion to humans. They understand our language, read our facial expressions, and navigate our moods. We in turn humanize their mannerisms. This includes dog licks, more fondly referred to as kisses. While dog kisses are often interpreted as signs of affection, there are some potential hazards associated with this gesture.
Dog mouths (like humans) are full of bacteria. Think about it. One of the ways dogs experience the world is by smell and taste. These bacteria, like Pasteurella, are normal inhabitants of canine mouths however it is possible for them to cause disease in humans. Let’s consider the risk factors:
Although there are definitely risk factors for zoonotic diseases (something that is transmitted from an animal to human) originating from canine mouths, the good news is that you are not in mortal danger every time your four legged best friend gives you a friendly lick. What can you do to make it safer for both you and your pet? Discourage eating of feces (make an appointment with your vet if you notice this behavior). Make sure that if you are feeding a raw diet, the meats/vegetables are stored at the right temperature (both at the store where it was purchased and back at home). Make sure your pet receives annual dental cleanings. Do not allow your dog to lick your wounds (if it does, just wash the wound with soap and water for at least 15 seconds).
Overall, feel free to continue receiving your lovable licks from your kissing canine. You are their world and they believe you are the most amazing human on earth. In turn, make sure you take care of them and do your best to live up to their expectations.