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Go ahead and kiss your dog.

No need to worry , just eliminate the French ones. LOL

Danger from Dog Kisses?
posted by Robert Davis on February 9, 2009 12:10 PM
When it comes to dog owners' interactions with their pets, there are two distinct camps: those who allow -- and even encourage -- their pooches to lick them on the face, and those who react to the practice like Lucy from Peanuts. When Snoopy plants a big, wet kiss on her, she screams, "I have dog germs! Get some hot water, get some disinfectant, get some iodine!"

Turns out those who side with Lucy may have a little less to fear. Research by Dr. Kate Stenske at Kansas State University has found that people who let Fido kiss or sleep with them are no more likely than other dog owners to share the same strains of E. coli bacteria with their pets. What's more, the dogs in the study tended to have fewer drug-resistant strains of E. coli than their owners.

While these findings don't provide direct proof about germ transmission, they do suggest that people may be more likely to spread drug-resistant E. coli to their dogs than the other way around. So maybe Snoopy is the one who should be demanding disinfectant.

Still, that doesn't mean humans can't get germs from their four-legged friends. Dr. Stenske found that people who failed to wash their hands after petting their dogs had higher levels of antibiotic-resistant E. coli. (Just another reason to keep your paws clean.) And given dogs' affinity for feasting on decaying garbage, dead rodents, and other such delicacies, it's possible that their mouths harbor other germs that can be passed to humans though canine kisses.

As for sharing a bed with your dog, perhaps a bigger worry is its effect on sleep. Studies show that sleeping with pets can keep you awake and leave you feeling, uh, dog tired. In this case, though, the risk isn't reciprocal: Dogs sleeping in their owners' beds seem to have no complaints.

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Don't let Elaine read this! LOL (I'm always teasing her about how much kissing she allows my dogs to give her. Yuck!)

Thanks for the article, Dave. I've always allowed them to kiss my chin and my cheek, but I can see why some people would get wiggy about that.
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Don't let Elaine read this! LOL (I'm always teasing her about how much kissing she allows my dogs to give her. Yuck!)

Thanks for the article, Dave. I've always allowed them to kiss my chin and my cheek, but I can see why some people would get wiggy about that.
yeah Kimberly ,just like some dogs don't like our kisses.

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We give Scooter kisses all the time but he doesn't really like our faces. He loves to get our ears though!

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We give Scooter kisses all the time but he doesn't really like our faces. He loves to get our ears though!
Todd's an ear man too..lol

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I'm a dog kisser.

Scout takes it to the next level though - he gives what we call "Cuban Kisses" - think a deeper version of a French kiss. He has an extremely long tongue - like a lizard. Yikes. We don't encourage those....they usually happen by accident! Bleh!

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OK, OK I confess...I'm a dog kisser!!!!! Great article, thanks. The part about the bed and slleping is soooo true. Seamus & Finnegan sleep in our bed, Seamus sleeps so tight up against me that it wakes me at least once a night because I have to slide him over as SOME HOW I end up on the very edge of the bed!!! He sleeps right through it. Then Finnegan who has to start out sleeping ON the bed, will wake one of us sometime durning the night case he wants OFF the bed to sleep in his bed the rest of the night

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I'm a dog kisser.

Scout takes it to the next level though - he gives what we call "Cuban Kisses" - think a deeper version of a French kiss. He has an extremely long tongue - like a lizard. Yikes. We don't encourage those....they usually happen by accident! Bleh!
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We're definite kissers too, Lola gives both Mike & I kisses, and yes, sometimes we get a cuban kiss now and then. Mike even gets chapped lips on occasion!
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Jane, refer to my first reply in this thread... it is because Scout is from ♥ Elaine! ♥ LOL
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