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Medical Expert Explains Why You Should Never Kiss Your Dog on Its Mouth

A medical expert has explained why you should never kiss your dog on its mouth.

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TikTok user @medexplained2you revealed why dog owners should avoid mouth-to-mouth contact with their dogs — and it’s not just because it’s unhygienic.

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Keep reading to find out more…

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Let’s be honest, the majority of dog owners have at some point had mouth-to-mouth contact with their furry friends.

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But a medical examiner on TikTok has said it’s time to stop doing that.

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In the video, the examiner said: “Do you kiss your dog on the mouth? Because if so, it’s time to stop.

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“You could actually lose your limbs over it.”

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“I’m unfortunately not kidding, because kissing your dog on the mouth can actually cause an infection with something called Capnocytophaga Canimorsus.

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“This is a serious illness that can cause widespread stomach infection, septic shock, and even gangrene,” he explained.

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“Depending on how fast it progresses and when it’s diagnosed, amputation may become the only treatment.

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“Why not avoid all that trouble and just stop tongue-ing your dog?

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“Seems like an easy fix to me,” he finished.

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For people who still aren’t convinced by this, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention backs up the examiner’s theory.

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Their website states: “Rarely, Capnocytophaga germs can spread to people through bites, scratches or close contact from a dog or cat and may cause illness, including sepsis.

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“Most people who have contact with a dog or cat do not become sick.

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“People with a weakened immune system who have difficulty fighting off infections (for example, people with cancer or those taking certain medications such as steroids) are at greater risk of becoming ill.”

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Though the chances of getting the germ are slim to none, it’s not worth the risk to have your leg or arm amputated just for a small kiss from your dog.

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Back in 2019, a woman called Marie Trainer suffered an amputation as a result of ‘puppy kisses’, according to CNN.

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It was reported that she got into contact with the bacteria after her German Shepherd, licked an open wound.

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She arrived at the hospital unconscious and ended up in the intensive care unit.

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When Trainer woke in a hospital bed 9 days later, her hands and legs had been amputated.

So maybe from now on, you’ll think twice before giving your dog a kiss on the mouth.

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