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By Anon - / Wednesday 30 April 2014 02:07 / United States - Maidens
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  tencentsakiss  |  19

No need to go to the doctor. I deal with dogs with hookworms every day at work. There is zero percent chance you can get hookworms from a dog licking you. You'd have to step in the feces barefoot or eat it. Either way, they are canine hookworms and aren't zoonotic, meaning people can't get them. In rare cases a human will get infected with a canine hookworm, but they just get trapped under the skin and itch.

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  tencentsakiss  |  19

#64, I mean yes, it is always good to go to the doctor, but at least OP can feel confident that there's an extremely good chance that he's not going to be having microscopic worms sucking his blood from the inside. I'm sure there are always exceptions to the rules, but honestly if I haven't gotten them yet, being exposed to dogs with hookworms several days a week at work for the last few years, no one will. Haha.

By  DonkeyTeeth2013  |  22

What a great dad you have there! Sorry OP, go to the doctor and hopefully you can get better.

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  paigexox0  |  37

Tbh, the minute i read "captain" my mind went to "captain crunch". Thats good stuff

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  Mauskau  |  34

I won't even let my cat lick me, or another person as it just feels gross. I've never understood how people can let their dogs lick their faces, sometimes their mouths even after watching the dog trying to eat their own poo!

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  95DeVille  |  13

Dogs saliva contains very potent antibacterial properties. That's why it is a dog's instinct to lick a wound, because it will help heal the wound. I don't think a hookworm can be contracted that way anyways, they usually are dependent on a specific animal species.

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  yesnid  |  2

Actually dogs lick wounds because they are predators that enjoy the taste of blood. I had to stop my dog from licking herself too much because it wasn't helping and would hurt the wound by scraping off the scab.

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  95DeVille  |  13

@44, dogs don't only lick fresh or bloody wounds, my beagle, rest his heart, would be very careful if he licked any wound on me and the antibacterial properties of his saliva actually helped it heal.

By  tbro47  |  23

Seems like people always tell you not to let the dog lick you after they've already licked you. Like hey don't let her lick you she just got done licking her butt hole while her tongue is already on your face

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