Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by misticaleclipse, Nov 27, 2006.
I just have to hear peoples opinions on this article!
Have I gotten sick from my dog nooooooo!-She licks my face occasionally ...though I don't like it...but she gives me kisses on my hands all the time...She sleeps beside by bed but by the morning shes on it.As long as your up on shots and worm meds there is no problem with it...That article has me angry. He has a clear disliking to all kinds of animals ...I don't think anyone could chnage his mind. And.....why is he comparing pets to childeren???
Actually if your immune system is screwed docs generally reccomend you don't have pets. If your normal and healthy you should be fine.
I have helped a few cancer patients rehome pets and its an even bigger issue with aids patients-they catch anything.
I've seen plenty of people really ill from cat scratches also. Everyone in the maternity ward we talked to has never seen toxoplasmosis in a women without aids or some other immuno suppression.
Little kids sick from there hamsters. I forgot what it was they caught though.
Doesn't bother to mention that there has been a direct correlation found between growing up with pets (particularly dogs and cats) and a lower incidence of allergies . . . The OTHER side of the story . . .
Hmmm well aids does not have a cure, cancer is not much better in terms of treatment. I don't know how I could live with myself if I had to give up my pets, cancer or not. I would rather spend my last days happy with Charlie than be miserable without him.
There are also many studies that indicate that pets are good for people who are ill because they make up feel better on an emotional level.
Well, that's the difference between me, who treat my three Ms like my kids, and my husband, who treat them as his beloved pets. My husband loves the Ms as much as I do, but he refuses to let them onto our bed. He pets them, plays with them, feeds them, cares for them, basically he does all things every pet owners do, except letting the dogs kiss him on the face!! At times, it really annoys me, because the Ms wanted to kiss him so badly, but he refused them, so they came over to kiss me . I understand his concerns for our cleanliness & hygene, and thus agree with him on this subject. Our bed is off limit to the pooches, and no kisses for my husband.. We did compromise to share our sofa with them, though
I think it's important to recognize that in general, a human life is worth more than that of an animal. When the human life is at risk, and the animal is the cause of, or added to, the problem, then the priority should be saving the human life.
I wish nobody ever never have to face this heart-wrenching decision of choosing between his/her own life, or a loved one's life, and the life of a beloved pet.
You always have to take into account quality of life. for me I would keep the dogs but for a lot of people-especially with kids-there isn't even a question to it. A friends sis had to get rid of two great pyraneese she adored but they all wanted her to keep fighting and she kept getting little colds with the dogs. I don't know if shes still alive or not.
Also, in regards to the story about the woman who died and then giving away organs that other people died from. Thats kind of strange... I guess its because they collect organs so quickly that they did not have time to determine why she died. So sad for the people who got the organs who died sooner than they would have with natures normal course of things.
I agree 100000000% Everything you said ^^^ there I completely agree!
I dont' let dogs lick me in the face (and try not to let them lick me anywhere really) because I *know* where those tongues have been. I wash my hands on a slightly more than regular basis, so I don't feel it's a huge deal. And I work around dogs and cats all the live long day and I feel just fine. I've had ringworm a few times, but that was as a kid and playing with unvaccinated barn cats for a month straight. It's nothing a little Vitamin E oil and tolfenate cream (athelete's foot cream) won't take care of in a couple of weeks!
They forgot to mention one of the more easily transmittable and miserable diseases though...Giardia. From what I hear, it affect humans worse than dogs, but is treatable and curable.
My dogs and cat (yes wierd for a cat) are allowed to kiss me wherever they choose and it is usually the face!
I love them more then anything and if I catch something from them, so be it!
I hate extreme articles like this... im sure the article caused some paranoid people to give their pets away.
Oh but I never let other dogs than Lizzie lick me in the face too....I know this my be weird but, I always feel they are never as clean as Lizzie
But yes if I have touched some one elses dog (well depend on who's dog it is) I most of the time wash my hands when I get home.
don't forget cutaneous larval migrans from hookworms! that's probably my favorite grossout zoonotic potential.
Charlie kisses me everywere as well, and I will not even consider changing that. Its his way of showing effection.
I really hope no one rehomed there pets due to this article, that would be terrible
On the other side of the fence. I had a lady-90 years old who had come to live at the home I work at. she had to leave her collie with her daughter. She did not bring her in for visits, even though Evelyn asked for her every single day. She cried for that dog to the end, and I think that she died of a broken heart. Her collie died soon after.
Ahhh I see both sides of the coin here, whilst this fellow seems to be not so favourable on pets, he's info on germs and diseases and zoonoses is correct. When I was studying Animal Technology, zoonoses was a major part of our s tudy. I hadn't even heard of Toxoplasmosis until I started my study, and I was horrified.
I have lived with, yes slept with, kissed, hugged, played, trained and had animals as a part of my life, for my whole life.
I do believe however, the two can come together harmoniously, providing a little care and vigilance is observed. My pets kiss me yes, and I have pet hair from one end of the house to the other, and feathers too I do however try my utmost to keep my house, and my family as clean as we can be. Hands are washed, house is regularly cleaned and disinfected, dogs are flead, wormed, vaccinated and washed.
I would like to add that I have lived with, and suffered with allergies, asthma and hayfever for as long as I can remember. Would I part with my beloved furkids? Absolutely not. If however as some have already stated here, that it is vital due to health, then these poor owners have no choice. We don't know what we would do if faced with that terribly traumatic situtation.
All we can do is to remember, to keep it clean, disinfected, vaccinated, and practice appropriate hygiene whereever possible.
Now I'm gonna go hug my babies
I agree pets need to be kept clean... the dogs are groomed every 6 weeks, the litterboxes are cleaned and disinfected multiple times a week, all animals are given all the vaccines they need and at the slightest sign of illness are off to the vet.
I just wanted to say....We can't live in a bubble.
True animal lovers will say the benefit outweighs the risk!
I wish they would compare the bacteria and germs of ......say a shopping cart handle to that of a dogs tongue. And I have seen many kids teething on the handles. :yikes:
Also if you practice common sense and good hygene it lowers the risk.
I have a whole thread on my "Rabies Experience" somewhere. And it is wise to have any puppy with unknown background and unknown vaccs that gets sick and dies to have it tested for rabies. Even if the vet doesn't think it is neccesary. I truly believed my persistance saved our families lives.
Dogs help more than hinder ! My Bushwacker found my skin cancer . And yes , as Renee said , kids growing up around dogs have fewer allergies. I do think that cats and rodents have more issues .
I think it's ridiculous. I have two pet hedgehogs and they are some of the cleanest animals I've seen. They can develop mites and ringworm if left in dirty conditions, but with normal care, that never happens. Also, the part where the article said that they carry salmonella? Not true. It only happens if you leave the pet a treat like chicken and don't ever clean it out of their cage. I got my two hedgies from a reputable breeder and she cleared up all the myths