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Dogs Licking Your Face And All Those Germs

You love your dog so much that you let him lick your face, but hey, how about all those germs? Don’t you realize that even these cute, fluffy, and playful creatures also have mouth bacteria? Don't let those germs make you sick.

Dog Licking Face

Although dog germs aren’t deadly by any means, avoiding them is good if you want to maintain your own personal, optimal health. So, what you can do to avoid your dog's germs? Well there are easy things that you can do. Since your dog lives in the backyard , just make sure that you clean up after him. Clean your dog's waste immediately so no one, especially kids, can make contact with him and his waste. Clean up around the house whenever you can if possible, do it every time. And make sure to clean up every time your dog leaves a gift for you.

Most importantly, try to teach your dog to not lick faces. No face licking, no germs, the better you’re off. But, if your dog is really into face licking, you should wash your face afterward. After every time you play, wash your face and hands. Now, if you have kids at home and also like to get close to your dog, you should be extra careful. Teach them and make them understand that it is very important to wash hands and face after playing with the dog. Teach them to never stick their fingers and their hands in their mouths after touching the dog.

The risk

Having a dog around comes with many benefits, but also risks. The reason why you should stop your dog's face-licking habit is that because there is this infectious disease called zoonose or sometimes called zoonosis which can be transmitted from animals like dogs to humans. Continuing to let your dog do this opens you and your kids up to the risk of acquiring that infectious disease.

The solution

Zoonose, according to studies, is likely to transfer from dogs to owners when the owner allows it to sleep in the same bed, or allows the dog to lick their face. But the risk is smaller if the dog is kept healthy. So what you need to do is to be a responsible owner.

Keep your pet healthy: Schedule proper vaccinations, veterinary checkups, routine deworming, and regular use of flea killers.

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