Your dog's mouth and intestines harbor all sorts of bacteria and parasites. But because disease-carrying saliva can be absorbed more readily through the membranes in a person's mouth, eyes and nose, Kaplan suggests it's best to avoid letting your dog lick those parts of your face. And because dogs are constantly licking, whatever is on their mouth typically will end up on their skin, and vice versa. A dog might lick a certain spot on his body because of allergies or other medical problems. Here are some tips from the Companion Animal Parasite Council:. Fobian points out that you shouldn't think kissing your dog on his nose or the top of his head is much safer than on the mouth.
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Some of these are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people and can cause disease, says veterinarian Ken Tudor of PetMD. The same rule applies for pregnant women, babies, the elderly and anyone like teenagers with acne who have open sores on their faces. To limit your chances of pet-related microbial issues, it's smart to take common sense health measures to keep you and your dog healthy. Here are some tips from the Companion Animal Parasite Council:. You may think your dog is doing this out of love, but there are a number of reasons dogs lick their owners, other dogs and even themselves, according to the American Kennel Club. Fobian points out that you shouldn't think kissing your dog on his nose or the top of his head is much safer than on the mouth. This article has been updated since it was originally posted in October