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Old 04-06-2014, 11:25 AM
 
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I've watched my dog lick the floor, the bottom of people's feet after they have been walking barefoot all over the place, and sniff, lick, and eat the most disgusting things which can possibly be found when going outside for a walk!

But she never gets sick?????

I was thinking the other night that possibly this is because of a dog's higher natural temperature of 101 or 102 degrees F.?

Us humans will get a similar high temperature when we are ill and that kills the illness in our bodies. But dogs ALWAYS have that high temperature, so maybe that is why they don't get sick?
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I've watched my dog lick the floor, the bottom of people's feet after they have been walking barefoot all over the place, and sniff, lick, and eat the most disgusting things which can possibly be found when going outside for a walk!

But she never gets sick?????

I was thinking the other night that possibly this is because of a dog's higher natural temperature of 101 or 102 degrees F.?

Us humans will get a similar high temperature when we are ill and that kills the illness in our bodies. But dogs ALWAYS have that high temperature, so maybe that is why they don't get sick?

I think their digestive system is different than ours.
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Old 04-06-2014, 02:32 PM
 
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In my youth (a couple centuries ago) I asked my mother practically the same question. Her answer was that dogs have a protective film on their tongues which keeps out most germs. Later in life I noticed that the "protective film" was left on plates that the dog had licked. I always wanted to ask her about that, but I remember the "reward" for being a smart-aleck.

El Nox
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Old 04-06-2014, 09:41 PM
 
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Animals simply have stronger immune systems due to more exposure to germs. Our immune systems are weaker due to our use of antibacterial products, antibiotics, etc.
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Old 04-06-2014, 11:29 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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a differently adapted immune system a shorter digestive tract and a much higher stomach ph makes a HEALTHY dogs digestive system fairly solid when it comes to nasties/germs/bacteria.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Out West
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It has to do with the enzymes in their saliva, as well as their shorter digestive tracts, (which is why they can eat raw food). The bacteria doesn't have enough time to get a good hold before it's deposited out the other end.
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I wish my dog never got sick from eating weird things! And she is FAST! Even this morning, before I knew it, she'd found something on the sidewalk and was chewing it and swallowing it before I could get it away from her. She knows now I'll take it away, so she's leaned to be sneaky and quick lol!

Then, I just hope and pray this won't be one of the times she gets sick from it.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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How about a dog that decides dried worms on the pavement are their snacks during a walk. Her gut is super solid.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:37 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Dogs have really strong digestive systems. Lots of really strong acid.

Diseases are mostly species specific. Your dog won't catch human diseases or chicken diseases. However, your dog can catch dog diseases by licking places where there are germs from dog diseases. That is one more good reason to keep vaccinations up to date and to not allow your dog to roam free.
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