In light of the recent story of a man losing his arms and legs after an apparent dog kiss, we researched the question of whether dog kisses are dangerous. We found the following from doghealth.com:
"Kissing is a common way for humans to show affection to one another. Some dogs love to give their humans kisses, too, but they do it in the form of licking.
If you have a dog that loves to give kisses, you may have wondered whether it's OK for your dog to lick your face.
Concerns with Dog Kisses
Dogs' mouths contain a huge host of organisms, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and yeast, that humans don't have much immunity to. Some of them are zoonotic, which means that they can transfer from dogs to humans and cause illness in the humans. Some of these include Salmonella, e.coli, and campylobacter.
Not only are there lots of organisms inside your dog's mouth, but there are likely to be quite a few on your dog's face and muzzle because dogs are known for sticking their faces and noses into all sorts of places that might not be too clean.
Dogs use their mouths to explore the world, eat and drink, and clean themselves. So before you let your dog kiss your face, consider where his tongue might have last been.
When your dog licks your face, his saliva may get into the mucous membranes of your mouth, eyes, and nose, where they'll find it easy to enter your body. Your immune system is likely to fight the majority of these organisms off, but if you are immune compromised, already sick, young, or elderly, you may not be so lucky.
Should You Avoid Dog Kisses Entirely?
Now that you may be thoroughly grossed out about dog kisses, we'll tell you that you probably don't have to worry about a kiss given elsewhere on your body. If the skin where you receive the kiss is unbroken, organisms most likely won't be able to get into your body."
Learn more about dog kisses from doghealth.com by clicking here.