Kissing Dogs Is Unhealthy, Especially For Kidsthe daily dish
It's time to reconsider sharing a smooch with your precious pup. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, medical evidence suggests diseases can be passed between humans and canines through mouth-to-mouth contact. In other words, pet owners should really avoid kissing their dogs on the mouth.
While it is unlikely that humans can catch anything infectious from dog saliva, it is still possible, according to Dr. Justine Lee. Don't worry - dogs cannot transmit AIDS, HIV, hepatitis or any other high-risk human diseases, but due to dogs' fecal-oral connection, disease transmission is a risk. You can't deny that you've witnessed your dog licking his bottom many times!
Roundworms, which can sometimes result in blindness in children, can be transmitted from dogs to people, as can Leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis and leishmaniasis85. To be safe, children should keep their mouth and hands away from dogs' mouths.
Despite the unlikelihood of a serious disease being spread to you or your children, you should ensure that your dog is clean, healthy and disease-free. Clean your pet of fecal matter daily, and consult your veterinarian regarding deworming or fecal monitoring and use year-round flea and tick controls. Lastly, teach your children to wash their hands after playing with any animal, and, if nothing else, just close your mouth when kissing your dog.
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