You might think it’s cute – that big, wet and slobbery tongue reaching out from your canine’s jaw and affectionately lapping at your face.
But what if I told you there was something quite sinister about it?
No, I’m not saying your beloved Fido is trying to harm you or anything like that. Your little (or big) furry friend genuinely is trying to display affection.
Too bad the same can’t be said for all the bacteria on their tongue.
Are dog mouths really cleaner than human mouths?
No. That’s a total myth.
Marty Becker, the author of ‘Chicken Soup for the Dog Owner’s Soul, puts it quite well when he says:
“All you have to do is look, watch, smell and you’ll realize that is not true.
They raid the garbage can. You know, we give each other a peck on the cheek when we say hello, they give each other a peck on the rear end.”
John Oxford, professor of virology and bacteriology at the Queen Mary University in London, expanded further on just how much bacteria your dog’s muzzle and mouth can carry.
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