Veterinary physicians warn about the dangers of pet “kisses” in certain areas of the human body.
For many people, having a dog at home is one of the most beautiful things they have. And it is that arriving home every afternoon and being greeted by your pet wagging his tail and licking his face, can be one of the most anticipated moments of the day.
However, you should know that this behavior can be really alarming, because according to Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, professor of medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia, the mouths of dogs are full of bacteria, viruses and different types of yeast that can reach to be potentially dangerous to human health.
According to Nandi, various studies have indicated that a dog has proteins that help clean or heal the wounds that they may suffer, however, it has been shown that many of the bacteria that inhabit its snout are zoonotic, that is, they are capable of transmitting it man diseases that can be very serious.
Among the many diseases that dogs can transmit to us are: Escherichia coli, a bacterium that lives in the intestine and that causes severe stomach problems, clostridium and salmonella.
But this does not mean under any point of view that our pets should not have contact with us, their owners, but it must be taken into account that if they lick certain parts of our body, they can quickly infect us. So it is better to avoid contact with: the nose, mouth and eyes, as they are areas of greater sensitivity, due to the mucous membranes they have.
For his part, John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London and an expert in microbiology, was more blunt in saying that he would never let a dog lick his face because “it is not only what is carried in saliva “, He said.
“Dogs spend half their lives with their noses in the corners, in contact with other dog droppings so their snouts are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all kinds,” added Oxford.
But since we know that your dog is your best friend and it is very unlikely that things will change, it is very important that you take the following precautions:
- Take care of your pet’s health, take it for regular checks with the vet.
- Don’t forget the vaccines.
- Disperse it periodically
- Frequently clean their stools
- Do not allow it to come into contact with the feces of other animals
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- If you suspect a disease, go to the vet.
- Maintain daily grooming.
- Desparacita inside and out.
And of course, do not stop showing affection for each other, just take the necessary precautions to have a safe and healthy relationship.