Is It Safe To Let Your Dog Kiss Your Face?

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Is It Safe To Let Your Dog Kiss Your Face?

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Kissing is a way of showing affection between humans. Sometimes dogs also show affection by kissing their beloved humans. Only their form of kissing is licking. If you have a highly affectionate dog, you might have wondered from time to time about whether these so-called kisses are safe. Well, the fact is, they are not.

Problems Regarding Dog Kissesย 

The reason behind the kisses being unsafe is that the mouth of your dog contains a large number of organisms like bacteria, parasites, yeasts, and viruses, which humans arenโ€™t immune to. Some of them can even transfer from your dogโ€™s mouth to you, causing illnesses like salmonella, campylobacter, and E.coli.Dogs are curious creatures. Remember that they use their mouths to explore the world around them. When they are on a scent, their noses are to the ground. Thatโ€™s why itโ€™s also likely that the bacteria is not just limited to his mouth, but also his muzzle and face.The mucous membranes of your nose, eyes, and mouth can absorb your dogโ€™s saliva while heโ€™s licking your face. It can then easily enter into your body. Although your immune system might be strong enough to fight a few of these organisms off, there are exceptions. You are at a higher risk of illness if you have a weakened immune system due to prior medical conditions, or age.

Concerns For Kidsย 

Children have immature immune systems as they are still under development. Make sure you keep your dogs or puppies from licking your kidโ€™s face. Their underdeveloped immune systems arenโ€™t strong enough to fight off the microbes that are transferred through these kisses.Some puppies harbor intestinal parasites. These parasites lay eggs in the puppyโ€™s intestines. These eggs are then eliminated through his stool. Your puppy might have remnants of the stool on his paws and when he licks his paws, itโ€™s transferred to his mouth. When your puppy kisses your child afterward, these parasites can just as easily infect her. Intestinal parasites are very serious in children. Some parasites like roundworms can even lead to blindness!

Set Some Ground Rulesย 

If youโ€™re not ready to depart with your dogโ€™s kisses just yet, set a few rules to be safer.

  • Keep all your dogโ€™s de-worming, vaccinations, and parasite prevention updated.
  • Avoid the kisses altogether if your immune system is weak or has been compromised.
  • Wash your hands and face after being with your dog.
  • Pay ample attention to your dogโ€™s dental health by brushing his teeth every day and taking him to regular professional dental cleanings as per your veterinarianโ€™s recommendation.
  • Watch children closely and try to keep your dog from kissing them all together if possible.
  • Donโ€™t get licked by a dog you donโ€™t know. Even when that dog is a pet of a friend.
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