Dog Kisses

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Some people find dog kisses are gross but many are perfectly comfortable kissing their dogs.A dog’s mouth has no more bacteria than our own so clinically there is no actual danger in kissing your dog. However, kissing your dog may be less pleasant if your dog has been licking himself, eating garbage or raiding the cat’s litter box. The same thing goes for your dog kissing or licking you. Kissing your dog on the snout or the top of the head can be gross since germs are spread to those areas while grooming or while scratching. Certain conditions can be passed to humanssuch as an ear infection or a parasite like hookworms, roundworms or giardia. If you have a compromised immune system, you should not kiss the dog. Also only kiss the dog if the dog is comfortable with your attention. For more information, contact your Happy Valley, OR veterinarian.

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