Health Risks in Kissing Your Beloved Pets

my niece dave and our beloved shih tzu maki
my niece dave and our beloved shih tzu maki
How do you show affection for your beloved pet like your fave dog?

This is one big question that pet owners should be aware of.

We can hug them, why not? It's our way of showing our unconditional love for these precious canines. By cuddling our pets, they feel secure and protected and there's nothing wrong in doing so. They are still man's BFF (best friend forever). We can also    play with them for as long as we are cautious about their moods. They may also feel stressed sometimes. But, one thing we should not practice is to kiss them directly in the mouth. Even a quick smooch can be an unexpected transmission of some sort of infections from the dog's saliva. Even if the dog or any pet for that matter is always clean, well-groomed and healthy. Dogs are fond of licking their bottoms and this will mean fecal matter may stay on their mouth.

The most common infection is gum disease and if not treated may result in periodontitis. Studies show that this is a serious gum infection that severely affects the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.

So pet lovers and dog owners should make a habit of keeping their dearest BFFs in perfect condition. Remember that they are still animals that need good hygiene and proper grooming.

It's better to be safe than sorry. We can still love our pets by just hugging them... just avoid kissing them.          


46 comments:

  1. Pets are needed to be treated like humans. They've the right to live and eat the proper foods for them to survive.

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    1. of course, but the post is about the risk of infection and acquiring diseases when kissing pets... you can still love your pets without kissing them... not kissing them is not the same as not feeding or not loving them... :D

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    2. Same sentiments as Romelo on his reply. Haha, I just found the non-connection of "right to live" and "eat proper foods" funny in a ridiculous sort of way :)) Haha, no DR meant, just keeping it real.

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    3. I think, Sir Gil should get back and re-read this post. He seemed to overlook the topic. :(

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  2. I guess its important to check our pets for any potential diseases and right hygiene.

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    1. Pet owners' main responsibility is to keep their pets healthy by taking them to the VET for regular vaccination and check-up.

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  3. oh i knew about this but i cant help kissing my cat :s im afraid to have serious gum infection. thanks for reminding me.

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    1. This is the reason why I share this information because I know many owners do kiss their pets and they may not be aware of the health risk.

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  4. Seriously? Kissing your pets? Arrgh... I did a little google search and found some articles that say that a dog's tongue is much cleaner that that of a human but I still wouldn't kiss a dog though.

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    1. Pets like dogs have the habit of licking their bottoms so there's a great possibility of having fecal matter on their mouth even the owners brush their teeth on a regular basis.

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  5. Sharing bodily fluids with your pets who are not vaccinated or not in good condition is always a risk that you'll get a disease from them.

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    1. Pets go around the house so, they should be properly vaccinated for the safety of every member of the family and the visitors who may come.

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  6. i just realized i need to have my pets checked for possible virus.

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    1. Take your pet to the vet and have it checked asap.

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  7. thanks for sharing these information... with many people venturing to pet ownership just for the 'in-thing' of it, should really educate themselves carefully first

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    1. This is a very relevant info to share because, more and more people are getting pets as you've said yet some are quite unfamiliar with the pros and cons.

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  8. Alright then I will tell my children not to kiss our cute dog anymore, which I think could be difficult because our dog is soooo cute...

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    1. CUTE dogs like our Maki is so irresistible but then again, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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  9. As a dog owner, never did I allw my kids to kiss our dogs even yung'nose-to-nose' . Yes,kahit everyday mong paliguan si Tagpi, dirty pa rin ang mouth nya. Good post for animal lovers to read.

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    1. Thanks for your affirmation. As in TAGPI, quite funny name for a pet dog.

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  10. Ang galing . may natutunan nanaman po ako.

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  11. Yeah! some pets can also harbor infection. IT is better to be safe di ba.

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  12. I don't have pet dog or cat now in our house due to health condition. But in my younger years I have both pets, I love them so much. I Kiss them too!

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  13. When I still have my pets, I don't intentionally kiss them but they kiss and lick me whenever I sleep beside them, reminding me of something.

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  14. I love my cats but I never can get myself to kiss them, especially I know where they usually play.

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  15. I'm sure our pets will understand if we just cuddle them instead of kissing them but taking extra precaution is always necessary.

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  16. I would suggest vigilance, specially these days that we can't seem to identify where we got a certain kind of disease or infection for that matter. Proper grooming and maintenance are key points to consider.

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  17. I actually find it a bit disgusting and unhygienic when pet owners kiss their pets directly on the mouth. Sure, when they love their pets unconditionally, then nothing else matters. But your post states that it does matter, as there maybe infections that can be transferred from the pets saliva.

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  18. I have a very affectionate yellow labrador named Bruno and he just loves to lick and kiss us but I do not allow him to kiss or lick on the face area. I aslo instructed the children to wash their hands with soap and water AND put alcohol after washing every time Bruno does that. Just can't shoo Bruno away because he is so adorable =)

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  19. I have two dogs but I refrain myself on kissing them even how adorable they are. Anyway, there are lots of ways to show our love for them. =)

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  20. Well sometimes, the pet (in my case, my girlfriend's pug) is a bit faster than I would like; he just jumps up when I'm on the couch and slobbers me :( I'll be sure to be MORE careful now.

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  21. I think hygiene is really important. I guess proper pet treatment is a must

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  22. Now i've read this i think i should share this to my friend who loves kissing her dog..

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  23. Gosh! I am so fond pa naman of kissing and hugging our pets here although I make sure that they are clean. Will have to limit na if that is the case.

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  24. I dont really kiss my dog. haha! It just feels to yucky. Hahaha! But there are those who brings their pets to animal spa and they actually brushed their teeth.

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  25. Risky indeed! Good thing that I don't kiss our pets, I do caress them. ヅ

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  26. oh my, i always kiss my pet dog every morning. thank you for sharing this post, i think im going to stop this kind of habit.

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  27. Thank you for this information and hope this really spreads out. Honestly I can't bear seeing people kissing their pets. Indeed they don't any information that could have effects on their health by doing that.

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  28. It's always nice to cuddle and hug and show some affection to your pets, but yes you're correct that we should also be cautious about what kissing may cause us humans. :)

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  29. I guess I have to watch my daughter more and let my in-laws know about the risks of kissing our pets.

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  30. For some reason, I don't like pets. I enjoying looking at them from a distance, though.

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  31. i agree with you..they may be like a loved one for us but let us not forget that they are still animals and hygiene isn't really an issue for them...so we should refrain from kissing them...Yahweh bless




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  32. Good for me as we don't have a pet at home. it's not advisable for us to have pets since my kids have asthma.

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  33. pets are adorable.. but I worry now about the kids who are so fond of hugging their pets and then the pet kisses or licks them on the face in return.

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  34. of course we cannot assure their hygiene even if they are properly maintained, we also need precaution esp to our children

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  35. how i love to have dogs like this! Though im too sensitive kissing them and seeing their hairs everywhere! haha xx

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