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Is Kissing Your Pet Okay or Risky?
Vet Street via Yahoo! Shine ^ | 1/12/14 | Dr. Marty Becker

Posted on 01/12/2014 7:12:00 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

There's a controversy in veterinary medicine that divides the profession, and it's over something that many pet owners never give a second thought: kissing your pets. As you might imagine, I have some thoughts on this topic. Because, yes, I kiss my pets, and yes, I know I probably shouldn't.

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But back to the risks. Shortly after the study about the transfer of oral bacteria from pets to people came out, I talked with Dr. Richard E. Besser, a pediatrician and the former acting head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the current ABC News chief health and medical editor.

"What do you think about this, Dr. Becker?" he asked me, to which I replied, "When's the last time you ever heard or read of a veterinarian dying of a zoonotic disease or having no teeth from dental disease?"

"Exactly," replied Dr. Besser. "I'm still kissing my dogs!"

And so am I.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: doggieping; kittyping; petkisses; petkissing
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Pucker up, buttercup.
1 posted on 01/12/2014 7:12:00 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

Bump


2 posted on 01/12/2014 7:12:52 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; devane617; ...


3 posted on 01/12/2014 7:13:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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4 posted on 01/12/2014 7:14:05 PM PST by dfwgator
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WOOOF!

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5 posted on 01/12/2014 7:14:07 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

6 posted on 01/12/2014 7:14:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
"Exactly," replied Dr. Besser. "I'm still kissing my dogs!"

as long as my dogs are still able to lick their own butts, they'll have to settle for the pat on the head.

7 posted on 01/12/2014 7:16:40 PM PST by digger48
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To: Slings and Arrows

I saw Obama kiss his pet Wookie!


8 posted on 01/12/2014 7:16:49 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Of course I kiss my pups. They sleep with me too! So what do you think about that! :)snort))))))
9 posted on 01/12/2014 7:16:53 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thats is the most amazing bit of “footage” of cats I have ever seen.

Thank you/


10 posted on 01/12/2014 7:16:59 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Help fight The Neo Stalinists! Donate to your Free Republic)
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To: MeshugeMikey; Gefn

Gefn found it; I just stole it.


11 posted on 01/12/2014 7:19:05 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My old girl did that.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 7:19:16 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t have a choice...


13 posted on 01/12/2014 7:19:25 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have never understood why dogs gravitate toward their owner’s mouth. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Maybe to a dog the mouth is the window to what you ate last.


14 posted on 01/12/2014 7:20:30 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: JaguarXKE

Ewwww!!


15 posted on 01/12/2014 7:21:17 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: Slings and Arrows

“I have slept with cats against my cheeks since I was born and I don’t intend to stop now.”—Churchill, Hemingway, RoosterRedux, etc.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 7:21:46 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Slings and Arrows

George Washington took a fox hound that he had bred with him to the Revolutionary War. The dog’s name was ‘Sweet Lips’. He must have kissed the hound, or he wouldn’t have known!


17 posted on 01/12/2014 7:24:04 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Slings and Arrows

I would imagine the pet is more at risk than the human in the possible transfer of bacteria.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 7:28:46 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Slings and Arrows

If your pet is a grizzly bear or a wolverine, I’d say risky.


19 posted on 01/12/2014 7:29:43 PM PST by Husker24
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To: Slings and Arrows
Yes, but no petting!


20 posted on 01/12/2014 7:30:53 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

it’s OK to kiss your dogs and maybe the cat. But never ever ever let anyone see you kissing your sheep. Especially in Wyoming.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 7:32:25 PM PST by Tupelo (I am feeling more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Slings and Arrows

To quote Lucy, at least I think it was Lucy speaking about Snoopy. Oooh, dog germs.


22 posted on 01/12/2014 7:32:29 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I have always kissed my dogs and I always will. They also sleep with me and always will.


23 posted on 01/12/2014 7:32:49 PM PST by MomofMarine
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To: PistolPaknMama

salt.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 7:33:18 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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To: JaguarXKE

“I saw Obama kiss his pet Wookie!”

You talking about that dog of a Wookie we also know as MooseChelle?


25 posted on 01/12/2014 7:33:25 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Slings and Arrows

my pets are indoors, vegetarians and incredible groomers. i kiss them all the time.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 7:33:38 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Yep, I give my pups smooches and we share popsicles, too. They let me have the coconut/pineapple ones all to myself— they don’t like those.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 7:34:37 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: yarddog

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq9hBEvFNlM


28 posted on 01/12/2014 7:35:03 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: MomofMarine

I give my poochies kisses all the time..and they give me licks, such affectionate little guys


29 posted on 01/12/2014 7:35:13 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: digger48

I won’t let my dog kiss my face, but I will let them lick my hand. They seem happy with that.


30 posted on 01/12/2014 7:39:22 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: dfwgator

Someone dumped a pregnant dog off here around 10 years ago. She had 8 gorgeous pups. When they were too small to leave the nest, she would lick their feces and urine off them. She kept them clean but I had no idea they did that. Actually a lot of dogs will eat manure so their digestive system must handle about anything.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 7:39:26 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: digger48

my thoughts exactly… I don’t like them licking me and I certainly don’t kiss them


32 posted on 01/12/2014 7:40:47 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Slings and Arrows

http://dogcare.dailypuppy.com/mean-dog-sits-licks-its-buttocks-3343.html


33 posted on 01/12/2014 7:41:36 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Pffftt ¡¡¡¡

My dawgs kiss me.

Nuttin I can do about it.

Punks....


34 posted on 01/12/2014 7:43:17 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: wetgundog

And viruses. Sometimes yeasts. Could be worms, too.


35 posted on 01/12/2014 7:46:54 PM PST by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Awww!


36 posted on 01/12/2014 7:48:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Good hypothesis.


37 posted on 01/12/2014 7:49:51 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kissing pets is a gateway drug to beastiality....


38 posted on 01/12/2014 7:50:00 PM PST by GraceG
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My birds get dozens of kisses every day.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

39 posted on 01/12/2014 7:50:50 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Awwwww, that’s how my Ragdoll hugs me!


40 posted on 01/12/2014 7:52:09 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Molon Labe)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It seems OK until you see your doggie licking his ass.....I guess it’s psychological.


41 posted on 01/12/2014 7:56:25 PM PST by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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To: Ditter

Like. Pickle has to have a lot of cuddle time you know as well as Peaches and Juanita. Don’t forget my little kitty, Murphy. He is a real snuggle bunny.


42 posted on 01/12/2014 8:10:24 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: CAluvdubya

Awww! (I’m saying that a lot on this thread.)


43 posted on 01/12/2014 8:15:02 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I kiss my yorkiepoo on the top of her head, not on her mouth. When she wants to reciprocate, I try to move fast so she licks the tip of my nose.

She a real sweetiepie.


44 posted on 01/12/2014 8:23:50 PM PST by Gumdrop
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The tip of my nose is my tomcat’s favorite place to kiss. He’s a strange one.


45 posted on 01/12/2014 8:27:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I love my dogs, but geez, I’m sorry, knowing where that tongue has been... can’t stand the “kisses.” Chin fine. Lips, no. Just gross, man.


46 posted on 01/12/2014 8:27:26 PM PST by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Don’t kiss your cat!
Toxoplasmosis!

Then again, if you own a cat, yur probably already infected... so go ahead, give him some tongue...


47 posted on 01/12/2014 8:27:53 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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“Is Kissing Your Pet Okay or Risky?”

Probably depends a lot on exactly WHERE you kiss your pet.


48 posted on 01/12/2014 8:28:35 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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TMI, dude.


49 posted on 01/12/2014 8:33:09 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Pucker up, buttercup.” LOL I like that.

But I don’t kiss the pups on the mouth or the nose (Heh. some of them, I just want to bite their nose- they’re so cute!). I’ve been known to kiss them on the side of their face or their head, though.
Worms would be my big concern (& one is a poopy eater).

Sleeping with pets probably makes it a moot point. Oh well.


50 posted on 01/12/2014 8:36:32 PM PST by KGeorge (Till we're together again, Gypsy girl. May 28, 1998- June 3, 2013)
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