Smooches from Fido: Yay or Nay?

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 petsódo 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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116 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

my dog is a licker.. a chronic one. You step outside and she is licking your arm, your leg, your butt, your clothes. if you bend down she licks your face, your hair. it's a nuisance, especially to my 2.5 year old (who is her height and not so fond of the love). We love her and all, but the licking simply gets old. Especially when visitors come. She doesn't get the message.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

No. That's unhygienic.

Nancy G Ellison
NANCY G Ellison3 years ago

A DOG'S MOUTH IS CLEANER THAN A HUMAN'S. IF YOU WERE BITTEN BY A HUMAN AND A DOG, WHICH WOUND WOULD YOU HAVE MEDICALLY TREATED FIRST? IF YOU DIDN'T ANSWER THE HUMAN BITE, THEN YOU ARE CHOOSING THE WRONG ONE TO WORRY ABOUT. A HUMAN'S MOUTH HAS MORE BACTERIA THAN A DOG'S AND CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS AS FAR AS GETTING INFECTED.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for sharing!

Monica Q.
Monica Q.3 years ago

that's nice to know since I've been a little finicky with that because I didn't know it wouldn't really affect health... From now on, kiss kiss!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley3 years ago

My animals aren't "kissy"--but when they want to be kissy, it's okay with me.

Lucille Mullen
Lucille Mullen3 years ago

I like critter kisses just fine. My semi-feral cat gives me a kiss before she gets her treats every morning. Three years ago she'd have tried to take my face off if I had put it within two feet of her. My current dog isn't kissy, but I've never had a problem with having my hands or face washed by a dog. If in doubt as to where that tongue has been....I know how to wash my hands and face afterward. (When the dog isn't looking, of course).