The unconditional love our dogs give us undoubtedly boosts serotonin levels. But their slobber left behind after a big smooch could come with some repercussions. A recent study done at the Royal Veterinary College and the University of Lisbon has shed light on some alarming information.
The study shows that dogs, cats and their owners all share bacteria that is likely attributed to letting our pets kiss us on the mouth or not washing our hands well enough after picking up and disposing of their waste.
The concerning aspect of this shared bacteria is that researchers are finding that it has properties resistant to antibiotics.
Half of the infected pets studied tested positive for antibiotic-resistant strains of bacterial infections, like E.coli. This has provoked concern among Urgent Care Specialists, one being Dr. Nathan Newman, the Medical Director of UrgentMED. He says that certain types of infections can be deadly to humans.
“I get that it’s hard not to accept those love licks,” he empathized. “But think about that tongue licking, where the dog goes to the bathroom before it kisses you.”
While it may be challenging to set boundaries with your animals, it might be important to consider the risks you’re taking when you accept every aspect of their unwavering love.