Professor Warns of Death by Pooch Smooching?
A veterinary professor has written an article for a scientific journal showing that people who allow their pets to lick them, give them "kisses" or sleep with them are at risk for a variety of diseases known as zoonoses. Zoonoses? What the heck? Is this what what happens when you have zoonose?
According to a University of California, Davis professor and his fellow researchers, the risks associated with smooching your dog or cat, or even letting them sleep on your bed, can range from the mundane to the life-threatening, particularly among infants and people whose immune systems have been weakened by disease, chemotherapy or other medicines.
Okay, okay - we get that, but conversely, I'm thinking that the health benefits of smooching our pets or allowing them to share our beds with us far outweigh the risk of zoonose...right? Given that recent studies indicate that 50% of all dog owners and up to 75% of all cat owners sleep with their pets, it sounds like most of us pet lovers are willing to take the risk!
What do you think?
As a animal lover, I'm all for an occasional lick from my pooch on the cheek or forehead, but I must draw the line at those who literally make-out with their dogs, essentially allowing their pet to conduct a tooth enamel cleaning..that's what a toothbrush is for. (See Exhibit A). What do you think ?