Ok, I watching my little cousin coo and kiss her poodle. I was quite repulsed to say the least. I have heard people say how clean the pet's mouth is, but my stomach turns none the less. Cats and dogs eat just about anything you give them. I am surprised they don't have a dog form of meningitis. How do you justify puckering up for a smooch session with your pup or kitty? Yuke!
Haha, many dogs don't give you a choice in the matter. I work at an animal shelter, and I've received more than my share of unwanted dog kisses, even though I try hard to avoid them. I think a lot of dog owners just give up and let it happen. As far as cats, I do kiss my cat, but only on the top of his head. I don't kiss him on the mouth... I've seen where he puts that tongue!
(Oh, and for the record, most cats don't eat everything you give them like dogs do. Cats tend to be finicky).
Haha, my cat and the cats I work with are finicky. Whenever we have to change brands at the shelter (most of our food is donated), a good portion of the cats will look at it, and then look up as if to say, "what the heck is this?"
A dog's mouth is much cleaner than your own. I let my dog lick me. I'd much rather my dog lick me than my cat.
I probably shouldn't admit this, but I had a dog who was like my daughter. We were just that close, and we played a game every now and then where I'd try to catch her tongue... yes with my mouth. I got pretty good at it too.
I don't think it's anymore gross than kissing a human. Considering a human's mouth carries much more bacteria, french kissing can be much more deadly. At least a dog can't transmit cytomegalovirus (a herpes virus) to you with its tongue.
I got a kick out of your answer. I don´t kiss my dog but she can lick my face whenever she wants as it makes her feel better, like when I get home and she wants to greet me. I can always wash and the alternative is to deny her that greeting. No way!
@brittvan22 Sorry! lol I didn't mean to make you faint... well ok maybe @Alastar, Thank You!! I'd kiss a snake too, as long as it wasn't poisonous lol @DrMark, I wholeheartedly agree! My current pup loves to lick! I think it helps with her anxiety
I tried to find out whether it was in fact true that a dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's. I know they have bacteriophages in their mouths (bacteria that eat other bacteria) but considering what they put their noses and tongues into, they probably need those. But do they have fewer bacteria in their mouths than humans? I found an answer on Snopes. To me the final words of the article were most relevant: "Keep in mind that a dog's tongue is both its wash cloth and its toilet paper."
If you'd like to read the whole article, here's the link
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