All the poodles I know love to lick people. If you get bathed by your poodle or other dog be aware of this story that I found in the Washington Post just now. Although the story refers to the man as healthy before he fell ill I have to think he must have had some underlying chronic health concerns. https://www.washingtonpost.com/healt...-within-weeks/
Well that's pretty awful! Peggy's the first dog I've ever let lick my face, and she's so sweet about it. Yesterday I had a migraine and she zeroed right in on the affected eye and gave it a gentle bath, almost as though she was trying to clean it the way I clean her eyes every morning.
This article makes me squeamish, but the condition sounds so rare, and his particular case even more rare.
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I think the answer is that if you even begin to suspect sepsis, no matter the cause, seek medical help immediately. We have become rather blase about it since the advent of antibiotics, but blood poisoning is still a killer.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring- it was peace.
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It's got to be extremely rare though because almost everyone has a cat or a dog and you don't hear about this situation often. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Although, recently I can hardly believe all the undiagnosed illnesses people tell me they or their family members have, so who knows how often the cause of things like this are missed
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