Yes we love our pets but is their affection causing you problems?
I know first hand how adorable our little bundles of fluff are and how we all long for their affections, some of us even consider them like children but are these loving kisses dangerous for our health and skin?
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but yes it can lead to dangerous health and skin problems. Our pets have a lot of grooming habits that can lead to the spread of many health and skin issues . I personally began researching this when i got my kitten because every time she would come and kiss my face i would break out in this horrible red rash . After allergy tests came back negative i was on a mission to find out exactly what was happening to my skin .
So here is a list of a few of the dangers that come from our little fur babies:
Pasteurella, Streptococcus, Fusobacterium, and Capnocytophaga, are bacteria’s generally found in the mouths of our furry friends all of which can cause serious infections.
Typically found in younger animals (there is a vaccine but it’s not 100% effective) is not an actual worm but a fungus. If you contract ringworm is will appear as red sometimes circular shaped rashes.
Our fur babies and a great host for a variety of parasites which are often transmitted through their feces but because of our animals grooming procedure those nasty parasites can wind up in their saliva and then spread to us through those kisses.
Lastly just plain old irritation especially us cat lovers out there. A cat’s tongue is like sand paper so it is literally causing a bunch of small scratches.This can really irritates our skin and makes us even more susceptible to those harmful bacteria’s.
Some food for thought for the next time you curl up with your furry friend. You could be catching a lot more than love.