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  • That feeling when you meet a new dog and it's all like lick, lick, lick, and I’m all YAAAAAS LOVE MEEEE!

  • Is that gross?

  • Greetings canine connoisseurs, dog devotees, puppy pundits!! Okay, I'll stop. I'm Julian,

  • this is DNews. Welcome. Although cats are the most popular pet in the US, outnumbering

  • dogs by around 8 million, there are about 12 million more households with dogs-- presumably

  • because of crazy cat ladies. At least one DNews episode shows that humans who live with animals

  • are affected by the animal's microbiome. But what about when those pups try and lick your

  • face? Gross. Or, is it? What exactly should I be feeling? I'm so conflicted.

  • First, there's a myth out there that dogs' mouth are cleaner than human's.

  • This is not true. Both human's and dog's mouth both contain bacteria, lots of it. But there's really no

  • way to directly compare, because while they are both mouths, they're completely different

  • environments!

  • Studies of the bacteria of dogs' mouths have found hundreds of species of bacteria, with

  • "significant" differences to human mouths. Only 16 percent of dog oral microbiota overlaps

  • with humans. Another study in the Archives of Oral Biology, says there are definitely

  • harmful pathogens in your pup's face-hole! A separate study in PlosOne from 2015, found

  • that oral-to-oral transfers of bacteria from dogs to owners can cause gingivitis and periodontal

  • disease!

  • P. gulae, for example, can cause inflamed gums and even tooth loss...it’s super rare

  • in humans, but common in dogs, and 16 percent of owners had it!

  • There's even some bacteria in dogs mouths which are antibiotic resistant, meaning if

  • it were to spread to humans, we would have trouble treating it. On top of all THAT, if

  • you have a cut in your mouth, or some bleeding gums from basic gingivitis, bacteria from

  • your dog’s tongue could enter that open wound, and spread infections deeper into your

  • body.

  • We do have some natural defenses, though. Both human and dog saliva have antibacterial

  • properties. They're basic, but play a part in wound-licking. That DOESN'T mean you should

  • let your pet lick your wound though. *Case studies have found infections from another

  • mouth bacteria in animals called Pasteurella can result. A pasteurella infection can be

  • treated with antibiotics, but can also be dangerous as it opens the way for more serious

  • infections.

  • So, the thing is, yes, face licking can be grossbut there's not actually a ton of

  • danger from infectious bacteria. They ARE there, so being skeezed-out at the idea of

  • swapping saliva with a dog is probably warranted. But sources are quick to say, both mouths

  • contain tons of bacteria. Plus, PET LOVERS: INFECTION GOES BOTH WAYS. You don't want to

  • infect your dog with YOUR dirty mouth do you?! To be honest, you're more likely to catch

  • an infection by swapping saliva with another human than with a dog, but just to be safe

  • you knowthe more you know the better. You do you, but think about where you put

  • your mouth, and if you're a kid or elderly, you're even more susceptible to infection.

  • In the end the Centers for Disease Control recommends anytime you ever come in contact

  • with any dog you wash your hands afterward. Maybe splash a little soapy water on your

  • face if youre getting puppy kisses too.

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  • Dogs are starting to show up everywhere these days, even in bars and restaurantsshould

  • you be worried when you're sharing a pint with a poodle? Brunch with a boxer? Snacks

  • with a shit-zu? Trace answers all you worries in this video.

  • Though you may not see the harm of having your furry friend under your table at a restaurant,

  • What do you think? Do you let dogs lick your face? Share ice cream with you? Well let us know in the comments!

That feeling when you meet a new dog and it's all like lick, lick, lick, and I’m all YAAAAAS LOVE MEEEE!

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Should You Let A Dog Lick Your Face?

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