Dogs on a raw meat diet can potentially pass on dangerous bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli.
Swedish researchers looked at samples from 60 packs of raw meat products in 2017 made by 10 manufacturers in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany and England.
According to the study published in Vet Record, all samples contained the potentially harmful Enterobacteriaceae family of bacteri, and more than half had levels that exceeded the European Union maximum threshold, shares 10 Daily.
Gastro-causing salmonella was found in seven percent of samples while E. coli was found in one-third of the samples.
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Both bacteria can be fatal in the elderly, infants and immunosuppressed people.
The scientists determined that one of the easiest ways dogs can pass on this bacteria is by giving their humans a big sloppy kiss.
“A great opportunity for dogs to transfer potential pathogenic and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria to humans is by ‘kissing’ people in the face immediately after they have eaten,” the researchers wrote.
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