5 Surprising Unhealthy Myths About Your Pets’ Mouths (INFOGRAPHIC)

Who didn’t get licked by their furry friend at least once in their life? I am sure that there isn’t many people. But we hear many things about the cleanliness of our pets’ mouths and we often don’t know what is true and what isn’t.

You probably heard someone say that the dogs’ mouth is cleaner than the humans’ mouth and that their saliva is supposed to help heal wounds. Well, if you believed them, you are not the only one since 16 million of pets’ owners think the same thing, but unfortunately, that’s not true at all.

That’s the first of many myths about pets’ mouths and letting your pets lick you every chance they get, especially if you have cuts or an open wound, is probably not a good idea.

The misconception presumably comes from the fact that dogs’ wounds will heal when they lick them. In fact, the reason why the wounds heal so rapidly is because their tongue acts as a scraper and remove all the dead skins. Hence, the risks of infection are diminished by this act.

We all know that pets lick anything like themselves, floors, other animals, etc. So it is proven that our beloved furry friend’s mouth contains a lot of germs. Therefore, the owner should keep his pet’s mouth as healthy as possible to be able to enjoy a good lick, one in a while. The proper hygiene is recommended to prevent complications for the dog as well as for the humans.

As a matter of fact, licking is a behavior very important for dogs as it can indicate tenderness, attention, calming themselves in stressful situations or respect for their master. So why not take the measures necessary so everybody is happy and safe.

Here are a few ground rules pets’ owners should follow to be sure their furry friends, and themselves for that matter, are well protected:

  • A good diet
  • A good dental hygiene
  • Appropriated chewing toys
  • Vaccinations up-to-date
  • Always wash yourself after getting licked by an animal

Greenies created this infographic below to show you 5 unhealthy myths about pets’ mouths so you can be well informed about this and avoid unfortunate repercussions.  I am sure you will learn some useful facts!

Are you someone who lets your pet lick you? Did you know about these myths? Feel free to leave your comments below!

Source: The I Love Dogs Site

Photo credit: ~dgies/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND



2 thoughts on “5 Surprising Unhealthy Myths About Your Pets’ Mouths (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  1. Nataly,

    This is a great article considering my dog obsessively licked a wound on her leg last spring and caused a horrible infection. We had to get dead skin tissue removed through surgery and dress and redress it 2x’s a day for over a month, with a six month old child in the mix mind you. Our dog had a wonderful recovery and is doing well now. Though she still kisses us and our child a good amount and I never realized that minor contact could cause possible health issues for all of us. Thanks for posting this. Next time she goes in for kiss, I won’t think twice to break out a wet paper towel to clean up after her sweet, but dirty love.


    1. Hi Kim,

      Welcome to my site! Before writing this article, I had no idea either that a dog’s saliva is so full of bacteria. That’s why, when I found this infographic, I decided to share it. Like you said, we would never think that a dog’s mouth is that dirty.

      I am glad your furbaby is doing fine now. Taking care of a sick dog, especially with a small baby, can make life really hectic. Thanks a lot for stopping by and come back often. Have a great week ahead! 🙂


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