Mono or Mononucleosis is a type of viral infection that can cause fever and sore throat. Sometimes the lymph glands around the neck area get swollen too. It can be quite painful. This type of viral infection is also called “the kissing disease” as it’s mostly transferred to others through kissing.
With that said, lots of people are fond of kissing their pet dogs. Most of the time it’s the dog who initiates the kissing. They usually kiss their owners and the people they love out of excitement. Mono transmission comes to mind since dogs usually go for the mouth and lips for a kiss!
You may be concerned about transferring this highly contagious disease to your pet dog. If you’ve been diagnosed with mono, is it still alright to kiss your dog? Since this viral infection usually takes a few weeks to be cured, it may put your dog in danger assuming this disease is transferable to canines.
Can I Give My Dog Mono? Answer: No
Mononucleosis is only transferable between humans.
Even if you kiss your dog, they will not be infected with your kissing disease (if you have Mono).
You shouldn’t assume, however, that all human diseases are not transferable to pet dogs. There are certain viral, bacterial, and other forms of diseases that can in fact be transferred from humans to dogs and vice versa. One example is parasites.
Mono Symptoms & Transmission
When a person has mono some of the symptoms include headache, dizziness and feelings of fatigue. The tonsils may also get inflamed. Because of these symptoms, mono can be mistaken for the flu. Through proper diagnosis this disease can be treated by usually taking the necessary antibiotics.
If you have mono and you kiss your dog, they will not be at risk of getting the disease. Mono is simply not transferable from humans to dogs. If you observe that your dog has a fever, it may only be a coincidence. In such a case, consult with a vet so as to find out the real cause of your dog’s sickness.
Kissing Your Pet Dog
Kissing a pet dog is a matter of personal choice. Generally it is considered to be unhygienic. As previously stated, humans can transfer certain types of diseases to their dogs. However, humans are at a higher risk of getting certain diseases or infections from their dogs. Aside from rabies and parasites, skin diseases can infect a dog’s human friend. That’s why you should be very careful. Dog saliva can carry germs even though canines are known to have pretty clean mouths overall.
Mono is Infectious Though
Aside from kissing, human and canine diseases can also be transferred in other ways. Sharing your eating and drinking utensils with your dog can pass on contamination. It’s not recommended that you share these things with your pets.
If you have a habit of giving that last bite of burger to your dog by using your spoon or fork, you are already exposing yourself to some contamination but not Mono specifically.
To be safe, allow your dishes and kitchen tools to soak in hot water or the dishwasher when cleaning them. It’ll likely kill any germs and bacteria that may have gotten on your dishes through your dog’s saliva.
Helpful Tips & Conclusion
Many dog lovers can’t be stopped from kissing their dogs. If you allow your dog to kiss you, at least take the necessary precautions so as to safeguard your health. Keep your mouth closed when your dog kisses you. Wash your face and your mouth area with soap and water afterwards.
As for your dog, you can brush their teeth to reduce the amount of bacteria possibility present in your canine’s mouth. Just don’t use human toothpaste, as it is toxic for dogs. Instead buy a toothpaste intended for dogs if you don’t already have some.
Dogs are very affectionate animals and want to show love to their owners by kissing them. It’s alright to kiss your dog as long as you know how to take some simple precautions to protect yourself from the unlikely event of a canine infection transmittal. One thing you don’t need to worry about is giving mono to, or getting mono from your beloved dog.