July 6th was International Kissing Day (of the human sort). Later in the month, Care2 readers heard about a dolphin and a dog that kissed. But how about people and their pets—do they kiss?
Personally, I love getting kisses from my dogs. Gina gives them frequently and Sanchez, rarely (which is why I cherish the photo to the right). While I may be anthropomorphizing to think it’s their way of showing affection, I still welcome the experience. But not every dog lover does.
Let’s face it, dogs are dogs. They lick themselves and eat disgusting things off the ground, edible and not. Do you allow that to prevent them from kissing you? Can it even make you ill?
According to Veterinarian Lori Huston, the health risks are extremely minimal. And, in my opinion, the emotional benefits of being kissed by your pet (assuming you enjoy it) far outweigh the health risks.
Of course, use common sense, and never stick your face into the space of a dog you don’t know and teach your children to abide by that rule.
Do you enjoy kisses from your dogs? How about other pets? Thanks for taking our poll below and sharing your experiences in a comment.
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Photo Credit of Sanchez kissing Lisa Spector: Gracie Slegers