#1 – What’s the harm?
$We have all heard at some point in our lives about the myth that says “a dog’s mouth is cleaner than that of a human”. Well, that’s not true. Dr.Neilanjan Nandi who is an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University college of medicine in Philadelphia comes to completely dismiss the myth and says that dogs mouths are not cleaner that than of a human.
In contrary, it is a house for an extremely large number of the different oral microbiome of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast. Dr. Nandi continues saying that a dog’s saliva contains proteins that might be helpful to healing the dog’s own wounds and not those of a human, very simply because there are some dogs organisms that we cannot combat and that may put our lives at risk. How is that?
Well, some bacteria in dogs’ mouth found to be zoonotic, meaning those bacteria can cause diseases that can be spread from animals to humans. Therefore, your life could be at risk of a potentially deadly infection.
Dr. Leni K. Kaplan, a lecturer of community practice service at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine comes to agree with Dr. Nandi and adds that some common zoonotic bacteria like Clostridium, E. coli, salmonella, and Campylobacter can be the main cause behind serious and severe diseases that humans suffer from, for instance, a gastrointestinal disease in humans.
#2 – So I should never ever let my dog lick me again?
This four-legged friendly animal who adores licking your faces can actually carry a very long list of bacteria that can negatively affect your health. Those germs I’m speaking about do not only exist in the saliva but also in the environment.
I mean, dogs spend most of their time with their noses in unclean corners and love getting into gross stuff whether it’s trash or their own excrement and the list is long, so because of this, John Oxford, a professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London and an expert in microbiology, said he would never let a dog lick his face, according to The Hippocratic Post report.
Should you ever let your dog licks you? Well, the answer is right in front of you. All you have to do is look, smell, and watch, and then I’m sure you will decide for yourself. Dr.Kaplan said that the dog’s saliva is not easily absorbed by a healthy person with an undamaged skin at the moment of contact.
However, it is more easily absorbed through the mucous membranes of a person’s nose, mouth, and eyes. It’s true that the infectious bacteria and diseases transmitted through this part of the face are noted to be rare, however, it’s better to keep yourself safe and avoid letting your dog lick these parts of your face.