Friday, October 19, 2012
Dogs are a human's best friend... They love us (especially if we sneak them the occasional table scrap), but should you let your dog kiss your face? Many folks are grossed-out by this action, but dog-lovers often allow it without thinking twice.
According to a study in the Archives of Oral Biology, "several periodontopathic species could be transmitted between humans and their companion dogs," as over 70% of the dogs that participated in the study, had periodontopathic microbes in their saliva. Obviously, more studies need to be conducted to investigate the transmission rate of these germs from canine to human, and whether periodontal disease in humans can ever be traced back to their pet dogs!
This is Poppy, my fiancée's dog, and although Poppy is very lovable, I'm going to think twice the next time she tries to give me a kiss.