Kissing Your Dog

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Some people are comfortable kissing their dogs.And others share food with their dog using common eating utensils. Other people don’t approve of that behavior at all. There isn’t much in your dog’s mouth that can make you sick unless he has dental disease. However, your dog may eat carrion or feces or other things containing bacteria and parasites and then you could get sick especially if you have a compromised immune system. Your dog licks other parts of his body so even a kiss on another part of him may expose you to germs. Supervise your children as they interact with your dog since your child may have food on his face or mouth and tempt your dog to lick him. Show your dog love through hugs and pats and lots of praise instead of kisses. For more information, contact your Happy Valley, OR veterinarian.

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