Haven’t we all heard that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s?
That’s usually not the case.
You brushed you teeth this morning, and perhaps gargled with a bacteria killing mouthwash.
Your dog possibly ate the trash, and/or licked personal areas.
Researchers in Florida took swabs from a group of dogs, put them in Petri dishes, and watched the bacteria grow. They found that dogs really do have kinda trashy mouths, and that doggie saliva can be dangerous to your health.
"It’s true that dog saliva does contain a lot of bacteria, and some of those can be pathogenic,” says Dr. Jason Gill, an Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at Texas A & M.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Pathogenic: causing or capable of causing disease.
“Most infections that come from dog saliva come from dog bites, or from a dog licking a wound, or people who are immune-compromised: they are more susceptible to the pathogens that might be in dog saliva,” says Gill.
Some of the diseases known to have been passed from dog saliva to humans include rabies, pneumonia, plaque and even STD’s.
“I’m not going to say it’s not incredibly likely, but there is a non-zero chance that you can get an infection from being licked in the face from a dog,” Gill tells KTRH News.