Tip on Dog Kisses – Are they Clean or Dirty?


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I've heard different old wives tales about whether or not a dog's mouth and "kisses" are clean or not. What do you think?

The fact is you should wash your hands and face after your dog licks you. Although their "kisses" may be endearing, their mouths harbor a variety of bacteria.

For more information on this topic, please go to Fact or Fiction: Is a dog's mouth cleaner than a human's?

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debra-primovic Dr. Debra Primovic

Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.