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Why you should never kiss your dog

A recent article by New York Times has revealed the reasons why, other than gross dog breath obviously, you should never, ever, kiss you dog.

While many dog lovers can be guilty of getting very close to their dogs, close enough so that their dog can lick their face, they’re being warned not to do this!

Speaking to the New York Times, Dr. Neilanjan Nandi, an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine explained that most animals have an “enormous” amount of viruses, bacteria, and yeast, in their mouths. There are also other organisms in canine mouths that are healthy for their bodies, but could damage human health.

However, we all know people who do this and are just fine, but he warns, that while contracted an illness is uncommon, if it does happen it can be very serious.

Tests done by microbiologist Julie Torruellas-Garcia from Nova Southeastern University in Florida in 2014 also confirmed the danger of letting your dog lick your face.

“One plate had so many bacteria mixed together that it was difficult to test,” said Torruellas-Garcia. Some dogs in the study were even found to have bacteria linked to sexually transmitted diseases and pneumonia in their mouths.

For healthy people, having a dog lick you in places besides the face is generally harmless. However, the problem with a dog licking your face specifically, is that your eyes, mouth, and nose are easier entry ways for germs and parasites, according to the Times.

“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,” said Dr. Kaplan.

I don’t think we need to be told twice!

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