It seems harmless enough. It may feel like the ultimate display of affection, but when it comes to such kisses, experts caution: Beware of dogs. Some common zoonotic bacteria include clostridium, E. Leni K.
Here's Why You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Lick Your Face
Every time I go home to visit my parents, I'm greeted by our Labrador mix, Scout, who has to lick my entire face for several minutes before she calms down. As someone who writes a lot about germs, I know that it's probably not the best idea, but feeling loved by a dog is the best feeling ever. Seriously, who doesn't love puppy kisses? We spoke to germ expert Kelly Reynolds , associate professor of environmental health at the University of Arizona, to find out if kissing your dog can actually put your health at risk.
The bottom line is that most of the time, dogs will lick their people as a sign of affection. You taste good, too! But much as barking can be, licking is also a multi-faceted tool that seems to play many roles in canine behavior and, consequently, tends towards many different interpretations.