Before allowing your dog to lick you, here are five things you should know.
We all love our pets, and it’s wonderful when they show us all of their affection, but a dog constantly licking your face may not be the best thing for you.
We’ve got the lowdown on the icky stuff you should think about.
It turns out that your dog’s friendly displays of affection aren’t necessarily good for your health.
Dogs lick their owners to show their love, just as their mothers did when they were puppies.
Endorphins are released in a dog’s brain when it shows us affection, according to research.
So, how could we possibly deny our furry friends the chance to show us some affection? After all, that is one of the reasons we have them.
But we aren’t the only things our dogs lick, and we’d do well to remember that the next time they show us affection in such a sweet way.
You may feel a little cruel, as your dog will be perplexed as to why you are suddenly turning your back on him, but there are valid reasons to avoid a friendly lick.
Here’s a list of things to consider the next time your dog gives you a lick.
When you walk your dog, have you ever had to drag him away from something suspicious that’s lying on the ground? Chances are, the dog is smelling what one of his four-legged companions has left behind for it.
This serves as a reminder to everyone to pick up their dog’s poop rather than leaving it in the park for some brand new trainers to earn some brown stripes.
Remember that if your dog is exposed to this in a park or on a walk, he or she will most likely investigate to find the source.
Because of their inquisitive nature, your dog’s mouth and nose may not be completely clean.
A friendly kiss from your dog, believe it or not, could infect you with parasites.
“A dog’s mouth is not any cleaner than a human’s mouth, and in many cases may be more dirty and harmful due to the parasites that inhabit it,” dog and cat behaviorist Russell Hartstein told Bustle.
Canimorsus, a bacteria found in dogs’ mouths, has caused disease in humans with weakened immune systems.
A popular misconception exists.
The news is summarized on Brinkwire.