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Kissing Your Dog – Is It Good or Bad?

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What do you usually do when you go home? Chances are you’ll give your dog a hug, kiss your dog and even give them a smooch. But have you wondered if all this affection you give to your dog is clean? Is it safe? Will this bring disease to yourselves?

You will be doubting this action after you found out about the latest studies on this topic.

Research Reveals Risk Of Gum Disease

Experts warn that owners who kiss their dogs on the mouth may be putting themselves at risk for transmission of gum disease from their furry friends. This means that bacteria could transfer from one mouth to another.

Gum disease can lead to periodontists if left untreated. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, periodontists is the inflammation and infection of the muscles and bones that hold the teeth. Infection of the gums can spread to the bones and ligaments. The loss of support that the condition causes can lead to teeth becoming loose and even falling out.

In 2011, a team of Japanese researchers collected dental plaque from 66 dogs and 81 humans who visited dog training schools and animal clinics in Okayama, Japan. The plaque was placed under the microscope and analyzed for signs of bacteria. They tracked a microbe that is very common in canines, but is much rarer in humans. But among pet owners, 16 percent of pet owners had the microbe, normally those with extremely close contact with their pets.

Yet in another research that led by Professor Nigel French at Massey University, in New Zealand, who believes the increasing use of antibiotics in animals may be contributing to the global issue of antimicrobial resistance.

He explained there is concern about an increase in the incidence of two particular types of antibiotic resistant bacteria that commonly cause urinary tract infections.

These resistant infections have been found in most household pets and the bacteria is spread by fluids and faeces, he added.

‘Animals clean their backside by licking it, so they can get faecal contamination in their mouth and then lick humans. That’s how the infection could be transmitted.

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Gum Disease Is Not Something You’ll Like

Research has proven that people who let their dogs lick their mouth can cause gum disease. When you kiss your pets you allow the bacteria to transfer from your dog’s mouth to your own mouth.

If gum disease left untreated it could turn into periodontists. What is a periodontists? Is a type of inflammatory disease of the mouth tissue. Periodontists is a severe form of gum disease that affects the tissues that support teeth and hold them in place.

If left untreated, the jaw bone can decay and small spaces can open up between the gum and teeth. The teeth may become loose and eventually fall out. Besides, it causes the destruction of the supporting tissues of the tooth and can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

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Your Dog’s Mouth Is Cleaner Than Yours – A Myth?

Is your dog’s mouth really cleaner than yours? How true is this myth?

A study revealed that there are three kinds of disease-causing oral bacteria: Porphyromonas gulae, Tannerella forsythia, and Campylobacter rectus  which were frequently found in the dogs, whereas the detection rates of those species in humans were less frequent.

One example is the Porphyromonas, a family of rod-shaped bacteria known for causing periodontal disease, a serious gum infection that leads to the loosening and eventually detachment of teeth in both humans and animals. Scientists have spotted two distinct species within the family: P. gingivalis was found in the human dental plaque, while its sibling, P. gulae, was found in dogs. Both bacteria thrive on periodontal tissues, eating up the gums and reducing well-rooted teeth to shaky cavities.

The plaque samples also showed the appearance of Porphyromonas gulae in human subjects and all of their tested dogs. In addition, researchers published that bacteria known as, Eikenella corrodens and Treponema denticola in specimens obtained from dogs were correlated with their presence in specimens from owners who had close contact with them.

In case the scientific names for the various bacteria are too daunting, the short version is this: they are all known to cause periodontal disease.

There goes the myth stating “your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours.”


Now that you know kissing your dog isn’t hygienic, you might want to avoid kissing your dog. Granted, you might see people do it all the time in the movies but I’m sure you wouldn’t want to inflict a disease upon yourself.

Prevention is always better than cure. Besides there are many other ways that you can show your love and care for your pets.

How do you show love to your pets? Let us know below!