We all want to bond with our pets so some of us even go as far as letting our dogs lick our faces. Sure why not, after all we’ve always been told that a dogs mouth is cleaner than a humans. Even though it seems sweet to let them show us how much they love us, your pets lick isn’t as clean as you were told and might actually transfer some diseases over with each lick.
Veterinarian Marty Becker suggests that you stop your dog from showing their love ASAP. Your pet’s mouth carries diseases such as E Coli which can cause abdominal cramping, sudden severe watery diarrhea that may change to bloody stools, gas, loss of appetite, vomiting, fatigue and fever.
If that is not enough, doggy kisses can also cause a multitude of other maladies such as, ringworm, roundworms, tapeworms, MRSA, and tuberculosis with as little as just one lick.
Although each lick may increase your risk of some conditions, vets and doctors do generally say dogs are good for your health. Studies have shown that children raised in homes with at least two pets are less likely to suffer from allergies later in life. Other studies have shown that pet ownership seems to decrease coronary-disease risk factors involving blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, among other things.
So just avoid just those facial kisses, and listen to a few other tips recommended by the experts: Make sure your pet is current on all vaccines, keep pets away from the feces of other animals and wash your hands regularly with soap and water after playing with your pet.