Canine and human mouths are bacterial ecosystems, but can they harm one another?
Our bodies contain around eight million genes. Yet only about 0.3 percent are human. The rest come from your microbiome – the sum total of genes from the numerous microbes (mostly bacteria, but also viruses, yeasts and fungi) that coat your skin, mouths, gut lining – just about everything.”
“Although the dog is the most common companion animal, the composition of the canine oral microbiome, which may include human pathogenic bacteria, and its relationship with that of their owners are unclear.”
“Sometimes, the oral contact between dogs and their owners can be more extensive than that between parent and child. Dogs kiss and lick their owners to express amiable emotions. This raises the possibility of transferring bacteria from the oral microbiome of dogs to their human owners.”
Written By: Trace Dominguez