She was urgently moved to the intensive care unit when it became apparent that she suffers from sepsis, known as blood poisoning.
By licking, the pets express love and connectivity to their owners, but one such case in the UK, it could almost have ended tragically. John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteria at Queen Mary University in London, recently told the British media that the dog’s saliva could be dangerous. “It’s not just about saliva.” The dogs half of their lives smell dirty corners or feces of other dogs, so their nose is full of bacteria and viruses – says Oxford.
A UK woman has learned that kissing her pet can be harmful. After being infected with saliva, she was given several weeks of intensive care. The case ”the kiss of death”; is described on the BMJ Scientific Portal. The first symptom of contagion was a difficult conversation of the woman with her homeland, after which she asked him to call for emergency assistance. While the Emergency Aid arrived, the woman lost consciousness. Because they provided help, the situation stabilized at the hospital. She said she had no symptoms other than headaches the night before.
After a few days, the condition began to deteriorate and something dangerous happened – her kidneys have stopped working. Large complications followed, decreased liver function and respiratory problems. She was urgently moved to intensive care when it became apparent that she was suffering from sepsis, known as blood poisoning. She received sepsis from the rare bacterium Capnocytophaga canimorsus that is found in the saliva of dogs and cats. The doctors concluded that she was infected by her pet who licked her face. She barely survived, and after two weeks she was put on home antibiotic treatment. There are 13 similar cases recorded in Britain, and this statistics is also current in the United States.