What Is In A Dogs Kiss?

When dogs give kisses, some dog owners let their pup go crazy while others can’t imagine the thought of a dogs tongue on their face.  Either way, here is some information from experts that will help you determine the risks involved with dog kisses.

When a puppy is born, the first thing their mother greets them with is their tongue to clean them and instinctively stimulate them to take their first breaths.    These first signs of affection are one way puppies learn how to communicate with each other and with humans, so it only make sense that as your puppy grows it’s going to want to give its owners a kiss. 

With doctors and veterinarians unable to agree about dog kisses, here is some information I dug up about dog kisses which may help you decide whether to stop or start letting you dog give you kisses.
 
 When I was younger I let my dogs lick my face all the time because I personally thought that a dog’s mouth was cleaner than a humans mouth, even if the dog uses it’s tongue as its’ wash cloth and toilet paper.  It turns out I was wrong, very wrong.  So if a dog’s mouth isn’t clean, how is it that a large number of people let their dogs’ kiss them, in some cases mouth to mouth, and a very small number of people ever get sick from it?
 
It turns out that dogs and humans carry different bacteria in their mouths, most of which are non-transferable between one another.  However, Recent research by Dr. Richard Oehler and colleagues at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa found that there are about 30 types of bacteria that have been found in dogs that are transferable between humans and dogs that can cause serious illness and even death.  A couple of examples of transferable bacteria are C. canimorsus, Pasteurella spp., MRSA, and even plague.
 
The simple steps to avoid transferable bacteria from you dog are the same simple steps we use to avoid getting sick from other people we come in contact with.  First, make sure you dog is up to date on vaccinations, check ups, deworming and regular use of a preventive against ectoparasites.  Next, be sure to wash your hands, face and other places your dog has licked you before eating or preparing food.  Finally, watch the kids, especially ones with weak immune systems.

However, a separate study by Dr. Kate Stenske, a clinical assistant professor at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, also found that regular bonding behaviors between pets and their owners are not a significant cause for concern.  In fact, the very kisses that you canine companion gives you may even deliver immune system boost that’ll help you combat infections transferred between dogs and humans according to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. 
 
After a few hours of researching the risk of dog kisses, I personally will not be neglecting kisses from my dog.  My dogs have been giving me kisses since I was a little boy and I have nor have I ever heard of anybody I know getting sick from dog kisses.

March 14, 2011 at 5:51 am Leave a comment

Minneapolis Pooper Scooper Service

Besides the unpleasant sights and smell of dog poop, it is also a hazard to the environment if left to “decompose”. Decompose time of dog poop can actually take over a year, so waiting for it to decompose really is not an option.

Dog feces has been known to shut down beaches at some of the most popular beaches in Minneapolis, such as the beaches at Harriet Lake and Lake Calhoun. When it rains or the snow begins to melt the water and whatever is in its way drains into our water system. When dog waste is in the way, the water can carry many of the parasites contained within dog poop into our lakes. These parasites in turn can cause bacteria levels in our lakes to rise, making them unsafe to swim in.

Besides being dangerous to our environment, accidental contact with dog poop can cause organ failure, blindness and even death. Amebic dysentery, hookworms, nematodes, pinworms, protozoa, roundworms and Tapeworms are just a few examples of harmful parasites contained within dog poop that can harm humans. Accidental contact with these parasites can spread throughout the body and end up in an unwanted hospital visit.

To help reduce the risk of shutting down our beaches or catching an unwanted disease is simply to pick up after your pet. However, for some of us it may be difficult to consistently dispose of dog waste. Whether you have back problems, a busy schedule or just can’t stand the sights and smells of dog poop, there are companies out there willing to take this choir up for you.

Dog Waste Management is a locally owned and operated Minneapolis Pooper Scooper service that has many programs available to help you keep up with your pet waste removal needs. Whether it is a onetime pick up during the spring, a weekly or even twice a week stop our services are unmatched and are guaranteed to keep your yard poop and disease free.

March 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm Leave a comment

Picking Up Dog Poop Tips

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Doggie Doo Drain

The Doggie Doo Drain was one of the top ten rated inventions in the pet industry for 2009. The Doggie Doo Drain became popular becuase of its enviormentally friends design and ease of use. Below is a quick video of the Doggie Doo Drain on how it works.

The Doggie Doo Drain can be found online anywhere from $39.99 on up. However if you live in the Minneapolis – St. Paul Minnesota area you can get the Doggie Doo Drain for free by visiting Minneapolis Pooper Scooper.

September 11, 2010 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Dog Poop Fact #2

The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms pet waste can spread parasites including hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella. When infected dog poop comes into contact with your lawn, the poop will eventually “disappear”, but the parasite eggs can linger for years! When a human or animal comes into contact with that soil through everyday activities like walking barefoot, gardening or playing, they risk infection from those eggs … even years after the poop is gone.

September 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Dog Poop Fact Of The Day

Nearly two decades ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified pet waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.

When pet waste is improperly disposed of, it can be picked up by stormwater runoff and washed into stormdrains or nearby waterbodies. Since stormdrains do not always connect to treatment facilities, untreated animal feces often end up in lakes and streams, causing significant water pollution.

Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen and sometimes releases ammonia. Low oxygen levels and ammonia can damage the health of fish and other aquatic life. Pet waste carries bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife. Pet waste also contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth (eutrophication). Cloudy and green, Eutrophic water makes swimming and recreation unappealing or even unhealthy.

September 6, 2010 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

Potty Trained Dog

This is amazing! Im sure every dog owner would want their dog use the bathroom rather than picking it up out of the back yard.

September 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

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