By Ranya Fattouh, Glamour magazine
My golden retriever, Paisley, loves to show her love by licking me. No biggie, right? Wait, say experts, who warn that dog (and cat) saliva could be making us sick...
When it comes to my dog, I like to think that I keep her pretty clean. That means she gets a bath ever week or two (and her bed gets washed just as often as we change our own bed sheets). But, it's what's lurking inside your pet's mouth, say experts, that can pose the germiest health risk to you.
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Here's the scoop: In a study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers point to a trending new concern in animal-human germ transmission. The bacteria, P. multocida, is believed to live in the mouths of 80 percent of cats and about 60 percent of dogs, and it can make people very sick. Experts are noticing that more pet owners are picking up the bacteria after "cuddling" sick or dying pets.
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No need to stop loving on your dog, but still, maybe don't let your pet lick your mouth. Just sayin'!
Tell me your thoughts on getting intimate with animals: Do you let your dog kiss you on the mouth? Your cat? Do you always wash up after they lick your hands?
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