What Can Happen When You Kiss Your Pet?
Even if your cat has never been outside the apartment, and you disinfect the dog after each walk, you cannot be sure that the animals are absolutely healthy.
Doctors warn: there are more than 100 diseases that a pet can reward you and your child with. Most of them can be absolutely asymptomatic or have insignificant manifestations, which you will not notice. Even a kitten or a puppy acquired from trusted people or at a large pet store vaccinated against major infections could be infected with something else in utero or get some parasite in the first days of life.
So, what exactly is to be feared, hugging and kissing a four-legged friend? In addition to elementary intestinal infections, one can get a whole bouquet of more serious diseases from the pet.
It is a parasitic disease, the main carriers of which are representatives of the feline family. Toxoplasma affects the nervous system, muscles, lymph nodes, eyes, heart, and other organs. Especially dangerous is toxoplasmosis for pregnant women, since infection of the fetus causes mutations that are often incompatible with life.
It is also known as Cat-scratch disease. It is caused by a bacterium that lives on the skin and in the saliva of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and other animals. Transmitted through scratches or contact with the mucous membrane, these bacteria affect a person, provoking a fever, acute intoxication, rashes, allergic reactions, suppuration, inflammation of the lymph nodes, and so on.
It is an acute intestinal infection caused by salmonella. They can be infected by eating foods of animal origin or by direct contact with a sick animal. By the way, the carrier of Salmonella may not have any symptoms of the disease at all, or might have serious digestive disorders, like fever, seizures, and even sepsis.
These are diseases that are caused by parasitic worms. The most common varieties of these parasites are intestinal. With such a disease, the intestine is affected, which is manifested in problems with digestion, abdominal pain, and itching in the anus. But there are other, more dangerous helminths, affecting important organs and tissues.
How Many Bacteria Are There in Pets’ Saliva?
The professor of virology and bacteriology in London, John Oxford, tells about how many bacteria are there on the muzzle and mouth of your dog. This is not just about the saliva. He says that dogs spend most of their time sniffing waste in various places or canine excrement, so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses, and microbes of all kinds.