How Clean is a Dogs Mouth?

How Clean is a Dog’s Mouth

Posted Jun 16, 2020 in Health & Safety

When your furry friend shows you affection in the form of licking, we usually take it as a sweet compliment. Many pet parents even refer to these licks as kisses from their adorable pooch. And even though they remind us that our dog loves and cares for us, you may wonder now and then how sanitary those “kisses” are. 

Compared to Human, How Clean is Fido’s Mouth?

It’s actually often disputed that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than the average human’s. But this really depends on the dog and where it’s been. If Fido just finished picking through the garbage or drinking from the toilet, chances are their mouth isn’t very hygienic. Unlike us, dogs won’t think twice before sticking their snout somewhere it doesn’t belong – even if it’s a germ-infested area. Also, keep in mind your pooch uses their tongue to clean themselves. And their entire body most likely isn’t completely free from bacteria. 

However, it is essential to note that much of the bacteria that finds its way into your pup’s mouth are unique to your dog. Meaning that they usually won’t cause any infections in humans. As a matter of fact, in studies, human bites are typically found to get infected more than dog bites.

What About Compared to Other Household Pets?

Other household pets like cats actually happen to carry a mouth full of bacteria that could cause a human some severe infections. So it’s probably a good thing that your feline friend doesn’t show you affection with a big lick on your face. Someone bit by a cat typically needs to be treated with heavy antibiotics. And sometimes in serious cases, may even need to be hospitalized. So, in general, your canine companion’s salvia isn’t that bad. 

In General, is a Dog’s Mouth Clean?

Compared to both humans and cats, a dog’s mouth is usually the cleanest. Now with that being said, this can vary depending on where your pooch has been sticking their snout lately. The bottom line, though, it’s very unlikely that you’ll get sick after being licked by your pup. Since so much of the bacteria found in your dog’s mouth won’t cause you infections, you usually don’t have anything to fear. On the other hand, though, knowing where that tongue has been, is probably a good idea. 

When it comes down to it if you’re truly worried your pooch’s kisses will make you ill – then don’t let them lick you. But typically you shouldn’t need to worry. 

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