We hope you have a strong stomach...
Ah, man’s best friend. Obedient, devoted… and full of spreadable illnesses and bacteria?!
Millions of people refer to their beloved pets as “fur babies,” so it’s understandable that you are very welcoming to the affection that your dog wants to show you; for most dogs, they want nothing more than to lick your face when you get home from work.
So what’s wrong with some slobbering kisses? It’s more than just an occasional pimple or rash that could appear on your face; with all that saliva covering your skin and even getting into your mouth things could get really bad.
Arm yourself with this knowledge of spreadable sicknesses Fido could bestow on you.
Cleanliness is next to dogliness?
The old wives tale is that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a humans, but think about all the crap they lick and eat off the ground when are you are taking them for a walk. There are even dogs that can’t scarf down cat poop. (POOP, people.) Not to mention all the sniffing of other dogs’ buttholes they do.
While it’s true a dog’s own saliva is useful to healing their own wounds, it’s not suitable to be mixed with a humans.
Salmonella: that scary word from undercooked chicken. It’s a bacterial infection than can be passed from canines to people. If caught, it causes fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and other not-so-fun things.
While not a worm, a “ringworm” is actually a spreadable fungus. The cure isn’t as easy as just going to the dermatologist to get some cream; it is extremely hard to kill. Ringworms can even survive on hair and skin that your pet sheds.
But, wait! There’s more…