Of course, we should all welcome shows of affection from our pets and not live in fear of it, but its worth being wary of getting a too close to a dog’s mouth.
If you do catch this, your first symptoms will resemble those of other illnesses: fever, chills, sweats and a lack of energy. You will, however, fall ill much more quickly than you would with a more commonplace infection.
“It is not just what is carried in saliva. Dogs spend half their life with their noses in nasty corners or hovering over dog droppings so their muzzles are full of bacteria, viruses and germs of all sorts.”
John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, painted a grim but effective picture of the bacteria present in your dog’s mouth and muzzle.