Every dog owner loves a good doggie smooch every so often, but little do most of us know that our lovable pooch can actually transmit several diseases.
Dogs that tend to scavenge while out on walks or out doing their business are far more likely to pick up bacteria from items that they find on the ground and transmit them to their owners or other animals that they may come into contact with throughout the day.
Dogs that come into contact with large amounts of other animals or bugs are also highly likely to carry diseases that could be harmful to humans or other animals. Other animals, especially in areas where diseases besides rabies are less regulated by local authorities. In areas where pets are required to have more vaccinations, this is less likely to be a problem, but it should always be taken into account.
Typical doggie kisses are fine as long as you keep a close eye on your pooch to make sure he/she isn't picking up any gross little pieces of food, feces, or other foreign matter and eating or playing with it. It's also a good idea to give your pooch a drink of water beforehand just to keep his/her breath in check as well.
The old adage "A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's" is not necessarily true, but with proper action, you can prevent your pet from spreading many diseases to you and keep your healthy, affectionate relationship thriving.