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The 3 areas of the body that your dog should not "kiss"

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Dog mouth bacteria is harmful when kissing nose, mouth and eyes

Doctors of veterinary medicine warn about the dangers of "kissing" pets in certain areas of the human body and say the thing as if dog's mouth is cleaner than the human is false. Here is why you shouldn't let your dog lick your face or at least certain parts of it.


For many people, one of the most beautiful things to get in their home is the welcome of their dog wagging its tail and licking their faces, as they perceive it as a gesture of affection. Yet, for veterinary experts for experts it is alarming and unhealthy. Dog mouth bacteria is harmful.

Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, a Gastroenterologist, and a professor of medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia says several studies show that most animal mouths host huge microbiome of bacteria, viruses, and yeast.

Dr. Nandi remarked to People Magazine that a dog's saliva has proteins that can help clean or heal its own wounds, but that some bacteria in dogs' muzzles are zoonotic, meaning that animals can transmit them to humans and cause disease.

Dr. Leni Kaplan, a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, lists some of the conditions dogs can transmit to us through their saliva: Escherichia coli, a bacteria that lives in the intestine, clostridium and salmonella, which It can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in humans. This is why dog mouth bacteria is harmful.

This does not mean that the dog should not have contact with its owner, Kaplan explains that "When the dog's saliva touches human skin, especially of a healthy person, it is very unlikely to cause any problems, since there will be very little absorption through the skin."

However, the saliva and pathogens of a dog can be more easily absorbed through the mucous membranes of a person's nose, mouth, and eyes, and therefore they recommend avoiding the contact of those three parts of our body with the saliva of the animal.

3 Areas of Human Body To Avoid Animal Contact

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It is not safe if your dog kissses you in these three areas.

1. Nose
2. Mouth
3. Eyes

For his part, John Oxford, a professor of virology at Queen Mary University in London and expert in microbiology, was more emphatic in saying that he would never let a dog lick his face because "it is not just what is carried in the saliva."

He says "dogs spend half of their lives with their noses in the corners, in contact with the excrements of other dogs so their snouts are full of, bacteria, viruses, and germs of all kinds."

When contacting with dogs, take these four precautions.

1. Make sure your dog is up to date with all vaccines.
2. When you include a new pet in the family, it must undergo a process of elimination of parasites.
3. Try to keep your dog away from the feces of other animals.
4. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

Of all the pets, the dog is considered the best friend of the man and both, dog and owner, need the demonstration of mutual affection. As long as you take these necessary precautions and your dog stays healthy, you can enjoy their kisses.

If you are a dog owner, please let us know in the comments section below about your affection and relationship with your pet.