This is why you should never let your dog lick you
It is said, that the best therapist is a four legged being with fur on it. Yes, we are talking about dogs here. For dog lovers, a home is not a home without dogs. Coming home to a warm welcome by the dogs, with their tails wagging and excited gyrations around the house, with wet slobbering kisses all over the face, is a much cherished ritual. But little do the pet owners know about how hazardous licking can be to their health. Can you get sick from kissing your dog? Let us find out more.
1 How the Germs Spread?
The saliva of dogs is filled with various germs and organisms. Zoonotic germs and parasites, that can spread from one species to another, such as dog to human, can transfer through your pets’ loving licks. Many parasites such as roundworm, tapeworm and hookworm are zoonotic and can spread through such direct contact with your dog. The worm infestations in dogs happen due to the ingestion of faeces of infected animals. Other reasons could be, raiding the garbage can in the house or on the street, licking its body and that of other animals. If a dog has worms, they reside in the gastrointestinal tract and pass eggs out through faeces. Sometimes, dogs contract eggs on their fur, due to licking. Petting them can transfer these eggs to your hands. Proceeding to eat something, directly after petting your dog, without washing your hands is one main reason, of ingesting roundworm eggs.