You might want to think twice before accepting a furry kiss 6



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They are loyal and provide you with unconditional love, and they will also be there to protect you when you need it, and to thank them for all this love and support many of you will cover your dog with kisses.

But stop!

Your furry best friend is carrying numerous nasty bacteria all over its mouth and when you pucker up for your pooch you are opening yourself up to potentially fatal infections.

Experts got together to explain why limiting your kisses to the air variety is much better for your health.

Professor John Oxford, emeritus professor of virology and bacteriology at Queen Mary, University of London, and an expert in microbiology, says it’s a ‘no go zone’ for a dog to lick his face, no matter how clean and fresh the dog smelled.

“It is not just what is carried in their saliva,” he says. “Dogs spend half of their life with their noses in nasty corners or hovering over dog droppings so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all sorts.”

Well, when he puts it like that..

Salmonella, campolybacter that cause diarrhoea and gastroenteritis are carried by dogs and passed on through their poo, while e coli that can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration can be transmitted by dogs. However, by far the worst condition is that dogs also transmit toxocariasis, a parasite that can cause cysts to develop in the brain and the eyes leading to blindness.

So while having a dog is good for your health and wellbeing in many ways, puckering up and giving your pup plenty of kisses is definitely not one of them.

Do you have a pet? How has it changed your life?

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  1. I have become a slave, to my rescue cat! She’s extremely loving, and follows me around like a dog.
    If I go outside in the garden, she follows, if I come inside, she follows; she rolls over for a back rub, just like a dog.
    She loves me, and I love her.

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    • This article was not about cats. It was about the disgusting habit of letting a dog lick your face and/or kissing the dogs face….would anyone allow their human partner to lick their face?

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      • Why not? So how’s about two humans’ ‘French Kissing’? Would that be a no-no for you, Vic?
        Human to human, not human to animal, or v.v.
        Humans’ don’t normally lick their bums’ to clean them!

      • The question asked was about having a PET and how has it changed one’s life

      • Human oral organisms are worse than dogs. A human bite is more likely to become infected than a dog bite.

    • cats are just as bad as dogs. A cat licks it bum to clean it – yuk

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