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.

Both bacteria can be fatal in the elderly, infants and immunosuppressed people.

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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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  • Never thought of this but its so true


  • It seems like such a logical thing – that a dog could pass these onto those at risk.


  • Or an easy solution is to not let your dogs lick your kids! And make kids wash their hands after touching them. It’s very bad for dogs to not eat raw meat.


  • No pets. This is One of the reasons.


  • good point, have never thought of this before


  • We have always trained our pets – cats and dogs not to lick our faces at all. If don’t watch out they sometimes lick our hands. Thank you for the warning.


  • Thanks you just don’t think of this!


  • I wasn’t aware of this – good to know.


  • It never occurred to me that dogs could transfer this from their food to humans.


  • While I cut raw chicken for our dinner, I always give the trimmings to my dog that is waiting there patiently. :-)


  • Raw meat has always been a part of my dogs diet. They spend a lot of time ‘kissing’ us too. We’ve never had any issues


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