I have seen a lot of articles lately about the horrors of kissing your dog on the mouth. I could cross the road and get hit by a bus too. Does that mean I shouldn’t do it? Heck, No. I need to get places. Well, I NEED puppy kisses too.
What I am more worried about right now is ME making my dog sick. I have a bit of a cold but it’s a creeper. It isn’t too bad right now but I can tell it is going to get REAL bad, REAL soon.
Full disclosure: I am pre-scheduling this post in case it does so if you are kind enough to leave a comment and I don’t get back to you I am not being rude, I am suffocating under a pile of Kleenex in a NyQuil-induced stupor on the couch.
Gretel has always had a tendency towards reverse sneezing and weepy eye. The weepy eye went away for a while but I noticed it has been real bad the last couple of days. Yes, it is probably from sniffing dust bunnies under the shelf at Petsmart the other day but it makes me wonder….can I give my dog a cold?
“Can I Give My Dog a Cold? Answer: No.
No, you can’t give your dog a cold. Diseases that are transferable from humans to dogs are very rare, and cold is not one of those diseases. Aside from the common cold, you and your pet dog generally can’t share a majority of the ailments that you are affected with.”
See that last sentence there…yes, in bold. Now I am wondering what I COULD catch from my dog.
Well, apparently your dog can give you the Plague. Yikes! I thought that was eradicated in the 1600s. Anyhoo, if my dogs got the plague they probably got it FROM ANOTHER HUMAN first and humans are more likely to “catch” a disease from another human than they are from a dog. Of course, the only human who licks me on the mouth is S.
OK…so you can also catch Meningitis and MRSA (that really bad staff infection that can kill you). I found an article that sited a few cases of MRSA, Meningitus and the Plague where the survivors admitted sharing a bed with their dog or letting their dog lick them at some point. It doesn’t say, however, that there is PROOF that the dog gave them these things. It IS possible though.
Not satisfied, I pressed on. I found some real-ish proof. Apparently there was were two people in the same household in Oregon who csontracted the plague. They got real sick but survived. A later investigation revealed that they sometimes shared their bed with the dog. The dog was examined and it was found that, at some point, the dog had also been infected with the plague (but was apparently no longer sick). They deduced that the people caught the plague from the dog’s FLEAS……not from being kissed on the mouth.
In this article, there are some cases listed where people did likely get sick from their dog licking them. The article also cites a health warning about kissing your pet or sleeping in the same bed with them.
In case I have you worried now, here is an article that seems to be a pretty comprehensive list of what diseases you can catch from your dog.
So I am thinking that if I have these things I should advise my dog not to kiss me or sleep in my bed.
Do sleep with your dog or let them lick you? Do you worry that you might catch something?