Should my dog kiss ME on the Mouth?

I have seen a lot of articles lately about the horrors of kissing your dog on the mouth. I could cross the road and get hit by a bus too. Does that mean I shouldn’t do it? Heck, No. I need to get places. Well, I NEED puppy kisses too.

What I am more worried about right now is ME making my dog sick. I have a bit of a cold but it’s a creeper. It isn’t too bad right now but I can tell it is going to get REAL bad, REAL soon.

Full disclosure: I am pre-scheduling this post in case it does so if you are kind enough to leave a comment and I don’t get back to you I am not being rude, I am suffocating under a pile of Kleenex  in a NyQuil-induced stupor on the couch.

Gretel has always had a tendency towards reverse sneezing and weepy eye. The weepy eye went away for a while but I noticed it has been real bad the last couple of days. Yes, it is probably from sniffing dust bunnies under the shelf at Petsmart the other day but it makes me wonder….can I give my dog a cold?

Apparently I am not the only one wondering this because a Google search yielded a lot of results, including this kind of science-y answer and this one which states :

“Can I Give My Dog a Cold? Answer: No.

No, you can’t give your dog a cold. Diseases that are transferable from humans to dogs are very rare, and cold is not one of those diseases. Aside from the common cold, you and your pet dog generally can’t share a majority of the ailments that you are affected with.”

See that last sentence there…yes, in bold. Now I am wondering what I COULD catch from my dog.

Well, apparently your dog can give you the Plague. Yikes! I thought that was eradicated in the 1600s. Anyhoo, if my dogs got the plague they probably got it FROM ANOTHER HUMAN first and humans are more likely to “catch” a disease from another human than they are from a dog. Of course, the only human who licks me on the mouth is S.

OK…so you can also catch Meningitis and MRSA (that really bad staff infection that can kill you). I found an article that sited a few cases of  MRSA, Meningitus and the Plague where the survivors admitted sharing a bed with their dog or letting their dog lick them at some point. It doesn’t say, however, that there is PROOF that the dog gave them these things. It IS possible though.

Not satisfied, I pressed on. I found some real-ish proof. Apparently there was were two people in the same household in Oregon who csontracted the plague. They got real sick but survived. A later investigation revealed that they sometimes shared their bed with the dog. The dog was examined and it was found that, at some point, the dog had also been infected with the plague (but was apparently no longer sick). They deduced that the people caught the plague from the dog’s FLEAS……not from being kissed on the mouth.

In this article, there are some cases listed where people did likely get sick from their dog licking them.  The article also cites a health warning about kissing your pet or sleeping in the same bed with them.

In case I have you worried now, here is an article that seems to be a pretty comprehensive list of what diseases you can catch from your dog.

So I am thinking that if I have these things I should advise my dog not to kiss me or sleep in my bed.

Do sleep with your dog or let them lick you? Do you worry that you might catch something?


  1. says

    I get and give minimal kisses from Izzy, Fritz,Franny, Mokie, Mercedes and Phoebe and her (current)puppies. One dog’s kisses are ok…when you allow 6 of them to slobber on you whenever they feel like it you start to lose your mind.

    That said, the only thing I catch kissing them is Hell from the old man for not kissing HIM enough LOL!
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  2. Marci says

    Layla doesn’t sleep with me; she has slept in a crate since I brought her home, however I frequently get Layla kisses :) Sometimes someone will say to me, do you know where that tongue has been? But I honestly don’t care. Those kisses lower my blood pressure, take away my stress and make me happy. I would say kisses from Layla have a greater chance of helping me live longer than giving me the plague 😉 And she seems so happy when she is kissing my face, how could I say no to that!

    *feel better! I too am currently fighting the early stages of a cold*

    • AdventureJess says

      Yeah, I apply the 5 second rule here and multiply about 10. Yes, I have seen what my dog eats (and I don’t mean the food that I feed them). Yes, they give me kisses and it makes me emotionally feel better. If I see the former I wait about an hour for the latter then I feel “safe”. Ha, ha.

  3. Cindy French says

    I sleep with 5 weiners and most of them are lickers but not necessarily on the mouth. Oh yeah they would like too but I don’t allow it. I am not worried on either account.

    • AdventureJess says

      In one of the articles I read, one of the men that got sick said his dog liked to lick him on the leg…so it doesn’t always have to be on the mouth. I am pretty sure the skin has to be compromised in some way though – like a cut or scratch. When I was young my Mom told me to have a cat lick your wound and it will heal quicker. I never got sick from that, although I am not sure it helped :) But growing up where it was natural to do that I don’t worry either. There are plenty of other things out there with a higher chance of making you sick or killing you.
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    • AdventureJess says

      I have been sleeping with animals most of my life on this earth. I had a cat growing up that slept on my face! The only incident I have ever had is a scratch on my eyeball from my cat when I was a kid. That happened when I was picking it up though. Maybe we do build up a tolerance. I must be super good my now :)

  4. says

    Eleanor always sleeps with us, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She does more of a nose to mouth kiss, occasionally she slips me the tongue. She does have a licking problem, but it’s usually my belt, or pants, or feet. One time my vet said cats can catch a human cold……Good luck with the cold, I hope you get better soon!
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    • AdventureJess says

      Thanks. It hit really hard today so I expect to have to ride this stage out for a couple of days. I just hope that it doesn’t linger for weeks :(

  5. Arnold's dad says

    Worry about *them* getting sick? Seriously? Knowing that Arnold occasionally raids the litter box for a “Kitty Roca” treat the last thing I’m going to worry about is making *him* sick,

    • AdventureJess says

      Well, lately there have been a lot of articles on the internet about not sleeping with or kissing your dog because THEY could make you sick. The articles I have seen just say don’t do it though without telling you what kind of sicknesses you could get. It felt more like a scare tactic to me. I thought I would look a little deeper and cover the subject a bit differently – from the dog’s perspective :)
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  6. says

    I don’t have an option, GG will kiss me whether I want kisses or not! I’ll be sleeping with my dogs and cats till they cart me off in a pine box. The love and stress relief brought to me by animals far outweighs the risks :)

    Hope you feel better soon Jess!!

  7. says

    I let my human kiss me, but she’s not allowed to use her tongue or paws.
    She ALWAYS has to give me a kiss before she goes to bed. I’m a bit worried I might catch something from her. She can be disgusting sometimes, especially when she gets out of the bath. If she’s covered in mud, I know she’s safe though. *wag wag wag*
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  8. Divadogsbliss says

    As a nurse it is true the things you listed you can contract. MRSA is really only a risk if you have open wounds or are immune compromised. You can get it other ways but it would be rare and the dog can also get it from you. And yes its true the plague is making a comeback. Keeping the rodent population down and keeping your pet flea free is helpful but every year there are new cases of the plauge.

  9. says

    Mom is just fine about getting a good wet kiss from us pups EXCEPT in a case like today where we were naughty on our walk and ate something disgusting. Mom says no kisses today or until the smell goes away. She can be such a downer when we find something so wonderful 😉
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    • AdventureJess says

      If I see them eat something gross I usually wait an hour and give them some treats in the meantime to “wash it out”. Ha, ha.

  10. says

    I don’t sleep with my mom and dad, except when we nap on the couch. But that is because the bed belongs to my kitties and mom says they are too old for this crazy puppy 😉

    I do give them kisses though! They like it. Mom will point to her cheek and say “Kisses?” and then I do it. That game is fun :)
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    • AdventureJess says

      That does sound like a fun game. At our house we say “kissie?” in a really high pitched voice and wait for them to give us a few licks :)

  11. says

    Woof! Woof! Mom read so many articles about this. I give her kisses all the time and of course she kisses me back. I got my own bed and not allowed on my peeps bed. Feel better. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  12. says

    Truth? I have never given a thought to the possibility that I could catch something from my dog. My dogs always sleep on the bed (if they want to – it’s their choice) and yes, there is the occasional kiss on the mouth (frequency depending on what they’ve been eating and/or licking recently). Of course as a kid we would dig up sweet potatoes from the field, brush them off and eat them raw and no one ever got sick. Maybe I ate enough germs as a kid to develop some high test immunity.
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  13. Kolchak, Felix and Jodi says

    OK…but…um…am I the only one totally wondering why the flea problem wasn’t an issue before the plague problem was?! I mean, we’ve been really lucky to never have a flea issue at out house, but in theory, if the fleas were the carrier…does it really matter if Fido’s in the bed at all? What about when you chill out together on the couch? Or jump in the car and head to the park? Seems like the logical solution would be to address the plague-ridden fleas, not the sleeping arrangements (though it would be nice to get my side of the bed back…)

  14. says

    I’ve always thought the advice not to sleep with a dog (or cat) was just some made up hype by a non-animal person! Really! Only my cats sleep with me – they were here first and claimed the bed first! But I don’t think there is any proof that you can catch anything from having an animal in your bed. Hope you feel better quick!
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  15. Sandy Ray says

    My weiner, shih-tzu and big ol’ mutt all kiss me on the mouth and the two little ones sleep with us. I can’t imagine it any other way. Well, sometimes, I imagine what it would be like not to be sandwiched in, but for the most part, I love it!

  16. Beverly says

    I have had 3 doxies at different times and they all slept with husband–never caught anything from them and they loved to give kisses wherever they wanted–still alive and kicking!

  17. jasmine says

    Im so happy I came across this thread, and know im not the only one who sleeps with and gets and gives constant kisses to my furbaby.. he is my life, I love him more than any human ( if thats possible) ?? Probably why ive been single for 3.5 years since I brought him home no bloke wants to share my bed with dog, love me love my dog, I hope one day to find a dog friendly human, if not blah I get kisses and unconditional love from my furbaby.. it lowers my blood pressure, and pain pets are the best medicine xxx

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