New Study Warns Against Kissing Your Dog

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Dog lovers are very affectionate with their four-legged companions. A new study from the journal Archives of Oral Biology is cautioning against getting too affectionate. The study found that people and pets exchange harmful mouth bacteria when they kiss.

Researchers in Japan examined dental plaque from 66 dogs. They also examined dental plaque in 81 dog owners. The research found human bacteria in the mouths of dogs and dog bacteria in the mouths of humans. The study demonstrates that germs can spread easily between a human and a dog by kissing. Some of the bacteria that is spread can lead to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease.

In February of 2011 Dr. Paul Maza, co-director of the health center at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University stated that many of the bacteria in the mouths of dogs is similar to that found in humans’ mouths. He said that, “because most of the bacteria and viruses in a dog’s mouth are the same as in a person’s mouth, it is safe to kiss a dog, just like a person. You can probably catch more from kissing a human than a dog or cat.”

The new study showed that certain bacteria are more prevalent in dogs than in humans and vice versa. It is obvious that germs can be spread to you and your dog when you kiss. The new study reinforces that and encourages dog owners to think twice about kissing their dogs.

15 thoughts on “New Study Warns Against Kissing Your Dog”

  1. I will listen to Japan when Japan stops killing whales, elephants, dolphins and all the other animals they think they require for good health.

    Until then, I will kiss my dog.

  2. The day I have to stop giving and getting kisses from my dog will be the day that I won’t have a dog. Total BS!!

  3. If I was to stop showing how much joy my Greyhound gave me I would surely die from a condition known as broken hearted. I will deal with the germs thank you. Plus, who are they to judge anything, they eat raw fish. Um, correct me if I am wrong but don’t dead fish have germs as well?

  4. i love dogs so much and i will kiss my dogs MORE !!!! to hell with the bacteria!!!! I’ve been kissing a dog since 4years old and I’m still healthy.. i will not stop doing good things for my dogs (specially kissing them).. i love them so MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. When they clean up all of the infected dog treats and dog food and recall every salmonella laden batch of anything they have exported into this country, I might start to consider what they have to say in their White Papers, until then? STFU!! Not interested.

  6. Oh balderdash – people have been kissing their dogs for probably centuries! This is a stupid study. Why don’t you people do something positive, like figuring out how to SAVE animals instead of rounding them up for slaughter.


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