When a dog licks the face of another, the behavior probably can be traced to the puppy stage. In adult dogs, it could be a sign of respect. Wild dog puppies lick their mother's lips when she returns from a hunt, her belly full of predigested meat.
Two recent cases of a rare infection are raising concerns about the risks of interacting with dogs and cats. According to the CDC, the bacteria Capnocytophaga can spread to humans through bites, scratches, or close contact from a four-legged friend and can cause serious illness in humans. In both cases, doctors determined the infections were caused by Capnocytophaga bacteria, which is commonly found in dog saliva.
One of the best parts about dogs is how affectionate they can be. But while well-intentioned, those kisses—well, licks—may not always be good for your health. Unfortunately, that was the case for an Ohio woman who contracted a rare infection after her dog licked a slightly infected scratch and she ended up having to have both her legs and hands amputated.
Then her temperature spiked and dropped, sending her to a local Stark County, Ohio, emergency room in the early hours of May Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Marie Trainer's limbs were amputated after a rare infection led to sepsis.
Days after returning home from a Punta Cana vacation, Marie Trainer called out of work with a backache and nausea. Then her temperature spiked and dropped, sending her to a local Stark County, Ohio, emergency room in the early hours of May Trainer contracted a rare infection from the bacteria capnocytophaga canimorsus, probably when her German shepherd puppy, Taylor, licked an open cut.
An animal lover had to have all four of her limbs partially amputated after her pet dog accidentally licked a scrape on her arm. Marie Trainer began to develop flu-like symptoms in May, the day after she was licked by her excited Alsatian on returning from a vacation. She lay down on the sofa to rest as her condition worsened — then woke up to find she had been in a coma for 10 days, and that her hands and lower legs had been removed.
Face and lip licking is most often offered by young puppies, but can carry on into adulthood. Face licking does have boundaries in the dog-to-dog world of interaction and socialization. Young puppies are offered a lot of behavior leniencies by their elders.
An Ohio woman was forced to have all four limbs amputated after picking up an infection from a dog lick. Marie Trainer woke up from a ten day coma to discover both her hands and both her legs had been removed. Doctors barely managed to save her life after determining she had developed sepsis from capnocytophaga, a bacteria in dog saliva that can be transferred from a bite, or even by licking a small cut or scratch.
The hairstylist from Ohio remembers coming down with flu-like symptoms such as feeling nauseous and achy. Very hard to cope with. It took doctors several days to discover that Trainer hadn't incurred the severe infection from a tropical travel disease but from her German Shepherds' kisses.
Itching, scratching, biting, chewing. Some days your dog appears miserable as he digs at his feet, chews on his legs, or scratches endlessly at his ears. Excessive licking can be an itchy, habit-forming problem but there is relief! Learning the causes behind excessive licking and using four great methods to stop it will help your dog feel better and keep you from going crazy over the issue!