There are a lot of people who think that dog saliva is clean and are not repulsed by the thought of having their faces licked by dogs. Science will explain that dog saliva is not cleaner than that of humans as opposed to what many people think.
– Dog’s saliva is not cleaner than that of a human.
– There are 400 types of bacteria in human’s and dog’s saliva.
– Only 15 percent of the number may be found both in human and doggos.
According to Floyd Dewhirts, a bacterial geneticist at the Forsyth Institute, human and dog saliva contain around 400 species of bacteria. However, only 15 percent of the 400 types of bacteria are the same in both humans and dogs. There are other types of bacteria found in dog’s saliva that the human’s immune system might not be ready for. One is the Pasteurella, which can cause pneumonia and sepsis. Another is the Capnocytophaga, which can cause sepsis as well but the worst effects could lead to having a person’s arms and legs amputated.
Although these diseases are rare, dog lovers are still asked to be more cautious when it comes to doggos licking them.
Read Josh Bloom’s thorough article at – https://www.acsh.org/