There’s always been a saying going around that a pup’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. But is there any truth to that statement?
It wasn’t too long ago that a woman was featured in the news after getting a nearly fatal infection that originated from her own fur ball’s saliva. So is a pup’s mouth clean? Or is that all just a myth? The truth is, all mouths are bound to have bacteria – but most of it is pretty safe! This applies to humans and pups alike, and it’s impossible to have a mouth completely empty of any bacteria, good or bad.
Therefore, a pup’s mouth can’t be any cleaner than a person’s! So where did the strange myth that fur ball’s mouths are squeaky clean come from? A study conducted in 1990 might have contributed to this idea! The study found that there might be some bacterial growth inhibition in pup saliva. However, these findings only applied to particular strains of bacteria.
That’s one detail forgotten when the myth is spread around! Is your pup’s mouth cleaner than yours? Certainly not! A less outdated, more recent study found that the kinds of bacteria that appear naturally in a fur ball’s mouth are very different from humans’. As such, it can be dangerous to place a pup’s bacteria into the human body via openings in the skin.
Here’s the solution: don’t let your pup lick your open wounds! Other than that, enjoy getting kisses from your fur balls. They’re as harmless as yours! Do give this a like and share!
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