You Probably Let Your Dog Do This All The Time, But Here’s Why You Should Be Careful

Like most other canine proprietors, I have no issue with giving my pups a chance to give me kisses.

The one thing I won’t give them a chance to do, however, is lick close to my mouth…because clearly, that is simply gross. I know for a few, that is insane talk, however listen to me! While I’ve for the most part been worried about their awful breath, specialists say giving them a chance to lick your lips truly isn’t useful for your wellbeing.

The familiar aphorism about puppies’ mouths being cleaner might be valid, however insufficient where you’d need to share their germs. Permitting your pup to lick your mouth can really transmit dreadful maladies that we aren’t intended to endure.

The old adage about dogs' mouths being cleaner may be true, but not enough where you'd want to share their germs. Allowing your pup to lick your mouth can actually transmit nasty diseases that we aren't meant to tolerate.


As indicated by Dr. Leni K. Kaplan, a teacher at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, creature salivation (counting that of pooches) can transmit microscopic organisms including costridium, E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter to people. These all can bring about genuine gastrointestinal illnesses.

According to <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Leni K. Kaplan</a>, a lecturer at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, animal saliva (including that of dogs) can transmit bacteria including costridium, E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter to humans. These all can cause serious gastrointestinal diseases.


Additionally, let’s be honest – as much as we would prefer not to consider it, some of our canine colleagues eat dung. In addition to the fact that that is nauseating to consider, yet there’s a probability that it can give us hookworms and roundworms.

Also, let's face it -- as much as we don't want to think about it, some of our canine companions eat feces. Not only is that disgusting to think about, but there's a possibility that it can give us <strong>hookworms and roundworms</strong>.


In any case, there is trust! We don’t have to stress over them licking our skin the length of their tongues avoid mucous films that retain their spit all the more effectively.But there is hope! We don't need to worry about them licking our skin as long as their tongues stay away from mucous membranes that absorb their saliva more easily.


“When dog saliva touches intact human skin, especially in a healthy
person, it is extremely unlikely to cause any problems, as there will be
very little absorption through the skin,” says Kaplan.

But when it comes to our noses, eyes, and mouths, let’s make sure we keep our excited pups away.

(via Today / The New York Times)

After learning all of that, I can’t help but gag a little when I see this seemingly innocent exchange.