This is was really happening when your dog licks your face
As much as it seems like a shower of affection, letting your dog lick your face can cause serious health problems.
Before you get too upset, hear me out. This is a health issue, not a social one. If you like to live on the edge, eating raw cookie dough and getting kisses from Mr. Floofy Booples, that's fine! Just know what risks are involved beforehand, especially if you have young children.
Letting your dog lick your face is a sign of how close you are.
It either means your dog is submitting to you in a show of affection, or they feel protective of you. What's not to love about that?
But there are some serious concerns when it comes to your health.
Remember hearing how dogs' mouths are cleaner than humans'? Yeah, it's not true. At all.
Dogs eat garbage, poop, and they don't brush their teeth like we do.
They carry tons of foreign bacteria that we don't have, and they can give those to us when they lick our faces.
Dogs can transfer nasty infections to us
There have been cases of dogs giving their owners tuberculosis, including a small boy from England.
Another delicious pathogen that can transfer is Porphyromonas gulae
It causes gum disease in dogs, and can give you gingivitis.
If you have any open wounds, they can get infected.
Your darling pup can give you a nasty infection if you let them lick a cut. That's the last thing you want!
They can give you food poisoning.
I know, it seems unlikely. But when Fido is sticking his nose into all sorts of goodies, his mouth becomes a breeding ground for salmonella and campylobacter, which can be life-threatening for the very young and the elderly.
Moral of the story?
Show your puppy love in other ways! A belly rub or snuggles are safer and your canine companion will still know how much you care.
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