Not with the tongue: This is why dogs should never be kissed on the mouth – a little kiss with a dog can’t hurt? Controversial topic. Some declare complete harmlessness, while others emphasize how unhealthy such behavior is. Now a self-proclaimed medical explainer has spoken on TikTok and has a clear opinion on the matter: Never. Reason: a potentially life threatening danger.
“@medexplained2you” is the name of the guy on TikTok who works as a medical assistant. His stance on exchanging “kisses” between humans and dogs is clear – and he gives the video maker serious reasons: “If you kiss your dog in the mouth, it’s time to stop. You can even lose your limbs because of it.”
A dog’s saliva and teeth, like its tongue, are full of germs, some of which are very aggressive
@medexplained2you adds that the spread of bacteria in the human body can have consequences: “It is a serious illness that can lead to widespread systemic infection, septic shock and even gangrene, depending on how quickly it progresses and when it is diagnosed. Amputation may be an option The only cure. Why not avoid all these troubles and stop kissing the dog?”
The CDC also takes this position and gives a name to the phenomenon of mutilation — but also narrows it down to being an exception: “In rare cases, Capnocytophaga germs can be transmitted through bites, scratches, or closures. Contact with a dog can be transmitted or cat to humans and cause disease, including sepsis.”
However, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Most people who come into contact with a dog or cat do not get sick. People with weakened immune systems who have trouble fighting infection (such as people with cancer or people who take certain medications such as steroids) are more susceptible to disease, so people from vulnerable groups should take this problem more seriously.