Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?


Kissing your dog is quite normal in a loving dog-human household. We can never deny that fact. Who could resist a lovely dog waiting for you at the door with tail wagging and excitement in their eyes as we approach nearer and nearer. We all swoop down to their level to give them a hug and kiss on their faces and we also allow them to lick us back in the face. However, is it sanitary? Have you even considered being sick just because of sharing a kiss with your pet? There is a new study conducted that would make you really think twice about that juicy kiss.

Last 2011, a group of Japanese researchers gathered dental plaque from 66 dogs and 81 humans who dropped by the dog training schools and animal clinics in Okayama, Japan. The plaque was then placed under the microscope and they studied the bacteria. And as theorized, the results determined that both dogs and humans contained bacteria in their mouths, which could easily transfer to each other through kissing/licking.

Kissing your Dog

Experts found out about a disease causing peridontopathic bacteria present in the plaque in both dogs and humans that where tested. This bacteria is linked to periodontis, a severe form of gum disease which according to the experts causes the destruction on the supporting tissues of the tooth that would eventually leat to kidney disease, diabetes and heart disease.

Kissing your Dog: Should you Kiss your Pekingese?

Kinds of Bacteria Found

The study showed that there are 3 kinds of disease causing oral bacteria: Campylobacter rectus, Porphyromonas gulae and Tannerella forsythia were found in the dogs oral flora and the detection rates of these bacteria were rare in humans. So, we just bested the myth “your dog’s mouth is cleaner than yours.”

The plaque samples also showed the presence of Porphyromonas gulae in 13 human subjects as well as with their dogs. Furthermore, the experts also said that there were 2 more kinds of bacteria found in the dogs’ oral flora and it also showed traces on their owners as well. Just know that all the aforementioned bacteria are known to cause periodontal disease.

If that study isn’t compelling enough to convince you, Dr. Mehmet Oz gave all pet owners a warning about the health hazards involved in kissing your dog.

Dr. Oz mentioned during in an interview with People Pets: “If your pooch is a scavenger, then a canine lick on the lips could jeopardize your health. The half-eaten hot dog your dog found on the street — or the feces he was nibbling on — could be loaded with germs and bacteria such as toxocara, salmonella, giardia, hookworm, tapeworm and many others, putting your family’s health at risk.”

As adorable as kissing your dog may be, it may give us more than what we asked for in form of a gum illness caused by bacteria or organisms that are not normally found in a human’s oral flora. You can always cuddle, hug and show affection towards your pet in other ways and just save the kiss to the human pack members.

Are you sharing a kiss with your Pekingese? If so, I hope you won’t contract with any of the said organisms so that your health won’t be jeopardized. Want to tell us your story? Do so by entering it on the space provided below.



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