You’ve heard people warning you before I am sure.
“Don’t let your dog lick you- there are germs in his mouth”
Because it is so easy to walk away from a cute little face wanting to give out free kisses….
So here is the scoop..
The CDC says that although dogs can pass germs to people, you are not likely to get sick from touching or owning dogs. YAY!
However,to best protect yourself from getting sick, thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap after contact with dogs, dog saliva, or dog feces (stool). Not too different from not catching anything from people,if you ask me.
This is not to day that it is impossible to catch something from a dog.
Dogs can carry a variety of germs that can make us sick.
Puppy poop can pass the bacterium Campylobacter which can cause diarrhea in people. Dogs can also carry rabies, a deadly viral disease. Rabies from dogs is rare in the United States.
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Special advice is available for people who are at greater risk than others of getting diseases from animals.
Many groups support the health benefits of pets. These groups provide information on how pets can help people be healthy.
Below, you can learn more about dog-related diseases.
Brucella canis Infection (brucellosis): A bacterial disease rarely associated with dogs.
Campylobacter Infection (campylobacteriosis): A bacterial disease associated with dogs, cats, and farm animals.
Cryptosporidium Infection (cryptosporidiosis): A parasitic disease associated with dogs, especially puppies, cats, and farm animals.
Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm): A parasitic disease associated with dogs, cats and fleas.
Giardia Infection (giardiasis): A parasitic disease associated with various animals, including dogs and their environment (including water).
Hookworm Infection: A parasitic disease associated with dogs and cats and their environment.
Leishmania Infection (leishmaniasis): A parasitic disease associated with dogs and sand flies outside the United States.
Leptospira Infection (leptospirosis): A bacterial disease associated with wild and domestic animals, including dogs.
Lyme Disease: A bacterial disease that can affect dogs and ticks.
Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii): A bacterial disease occasionally associated with dogs.
Rabies: A viral disease associated with various animals, including dogs.
Ringworm: A fungal disease associated with dogs.
Roundworm: See Toxocara infection.
Salmonella Infection (salmonellosis): A bacterial disease associated with various animals including dogs.
Toxocara Infection (toxocariasis, roundworm): A parasitic disease associated with dogs and cats and their environment.