Expert Q&A: Is It Safe to Kiss My Dog?
It’s great to log cuddle time with your dog, but sometimes you could be getting more from the exchange than just puppy love. Here’s what vet experts have to say about the health risks of kissing your dog.
Dog kisses = dog germs
Dog saliva has certain germs that can be passed on to humans. These germs can transfer parasites like giardia and roundworm. In rare cases, dog saliva can lead to meningitis and other diseases.
Weak immune systems are at risk
People whose immune systems are compromised should avoid this kind of contact because they have a higher chance of being negatively affected by it. No matter what your health is like, it may be a good idea to avoid puppy kissing as much as you can.
If this has you thinking twice about kissing a canine, fear not. There are plenty of other ways to show your pup some love without transferring germs. Here’s to sharing the love and not the germs!
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