Women got blood poisoning after kissed by his dog
Dogs can cause septic poisoning in humans just by licking them and it is believed that the bacterium which lives in cavities of dogs’ mouth is the reason behind this poisoning.
Doctors have warned and spread the information after an elderly British woman became critically ill.
The 70-year-old who was admitted in intensive care had multiple organ failures after contracting a rare infection from her Italian greyhound.
It is thought that bacteria were passed on to the woman from her pet because she often petted it closely and let it lick her.
In an online journal BMJ Case Reports, the British doctors stated how the woman, being a non-smoker and an occasional drinker, nearly died after the infection resulted in sepsis.
The condition occurs when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to battle an infection.
Known as the ‘silent killer’, sepsis can lead to organ failure if rapid treatment is not provided to the patient.
The old woman’s relative raised the alarm after she started garbling words on the phone and then went unresponsive.
Paramedic found her in a semi-conscious state in a chair and was immediately taken to hospital.
At first her condition improved, but after four days she developed acute kidney failure and was admitted to intensive care.
Blood tests revealed an infection of Capnocytophaga canimorsus bacteria – a rare but serious cause of sepsis which is often found in the mouths of cats and dogs.
She recovered after two weeks of intensive care and antibiotic treatment and was discharged 30 days after she was first admitted.
The woman’s case was particularly unusual because she had not been bitten or scratched by her dog.