|my niece dave and our beloved shih tzu maki|
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.