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Your dog is excited to see your child when the little bundle comes home from school. It jumps on the child and proceeds to lick his face. She cannot refuse all that love since it is clear how much the dog adores her. The canine's tongue is flapping, tail wagging, and the whole body wiggling with excitement. It is, however, not a good idea to allow the dog to lick any child's face. This is as your dog follows a completely different lifestyle. It does not brush teeth or visit a dentist. Regular mouthwash is out of the question. Of course the dog has licked your child's face many times and yet nothing happened. All warnings are such fairy tales. Wrong, when your dog licks any face, it is a potential health risk.
Your child is at that age when his immunity is yet to come
up to full strength. Dogs eat things a human will not eat in their lives. They
smell the poo of other animals and sometimes eat their poop. Canines are quite
bold when it is a matter of germs. Your dog's body is fully equipped to manage
such a lifestyle but your child cannot. It does not help that the mouth of the
dog contains parasites and bacteria which can make any human-adult or child-
fall sick. A few bacteria present in
dogs could be harmless to the animal but can turn lethal in case of humans. It
is a boon that a majority of the bacteria found in the mouths of dogs are
generally harmless. The problem is that dogs do carry many strains of multiple
zoonotic organisms. These are parasites or bacteria which could pass between
different species of animals and may cause disease. Such kinds of organisms
have resulted in periodic diarrhea outbreaks. Your child can pick these up from
contact with the dog saliva.
Threats from parasites
Your dog may also carry dangerous bacteria like Salmonella,
Leptospira, Pasteurella, and Campylobacter. The canines pick such bacteria when
they sniff animal waste or even eat them. The bacteria could also hitch a ride
on the dog when it drinks water from a contaminated site like a puddle or a
fetid pond. Most dogs transport pathogens without showing any kinds of
symptoms. There will be no illness signs too.
Parasites are a real threat
to your child. The list of common parasites includes hookworm, giardia, and
cryptosporidium. All of these causes intestinal and diarrhea upset. The canines
can also transmit ringworm. The latter causes the skin to break out on rashes.
In contrast to popular lore, do not allow your dog to lick on your child's
wounds. Parasites can be transmitted.