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Old 01-20-2011, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I read this today, another good reason to keep your pets clean:
" In another case, a 44-year-old man died of infection after his German shepherd puppy licked open abrasions on his hands."

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Old 01-20-2011, 09:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Some of that seems common sense.. I don't understand allowing your pet to lick an open wound!!! There is a case in one of my medical books, of an elderly woman who developed a severe infection after allowing her dog to lick the surgical incision from a knee replacement.

And not letting your pets get flea infested...

But not sleeping with them? Washing your skin EVERY time a pet licks you? I think that could actually put you in the opposite direction. There are increasing health problems caused by people being TOO clean. You need some exposure for your immune system to develop properly. Thats why kids get sick so often, their immune systems are still developing. Now if someone has a compromised immune system* its completely different. But for the average joe I think you just need some common sense.

I'm currently laying in bed with my laptop, Tessa is laying next to me, and my foster kitten is curled up on my chest

*my stepsister has a compromised immune system, "bubble boy syndrome" so to speak. No one can visit if they have been sick recently or around anyone sick, and I don't bring my service dog to her house.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree common sense!! Alot of people don't have it. I kiss my dogs every day! will continue to do so but if I get a scrape on my leg I wont let them lick it.
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It's common knowledge that the mouth (humans included) harbors some very nasty bacteria, so it's not surprising that licking a wound, even if you did it yourself, might cause an infection. As far as the article goes, I think it's over the top......

BTW Lin, I must have seen your avatar a zillion times, but it never ceases to make me chuckle. That's one bold bird....
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BTW Lin, I must have seen your avatar a zillion times, but it never ceases to make me chuckle. That's one bold bird....
Sometimes I just stare at it hehe I love how once he crosses the doorway, he slows down... sneak sneak sneak... grab, RUN!!!
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Old 01-20-2011, 09:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hahaha gulls are a piece of work...

Anyway, pfft... if this was as true as they say, people would be dropping dead everywhere from dog related stuff, not cancer and heart disease. Silliness.
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I should be dead by now. Growing up, my dog licked my skinned knees and all my other boo boos. Now days - the dog licks us, the horse licks us. Heck, even the rabbit licks us. We should be immune to everything.
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Come to think of it - I can't recall any of the pets EVER making me sick. Now the "kids" on the other hand.....filthy little buggers. That does it - The kids are sleeping outside.
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The only time one of us got sick from an animal (and I have several reptiles, parrots, dogs, cats, rodents, etc.) was when my mom got salmonella from her red eared sliders years ago. I too have had dogs lick my wounds since I was a child, and yet, no sickness from it!
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
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What Heidi stated. Mostly common sense.
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