Why you shouldn’t let your dog lick your baby: 5 Things to keep in mind

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Though it might look cute, you shouldn't let your family pet lick your baby

There are few things cuter than dogs and babies together. And when your dog licks your baby, that can only mean that he likes your baby, right? What can be bad about that?

Apparently, plenty. Here’s some things to consider before you allow your family pet to lick your baby, as compiled from Dogs and Babies and Dog Notebook.

1. Dog mouths are dirty

This, perhaps, is the most obvious reason. Even if you brush your dog’s teeth every day, your pet’s mouth is much, much dirtier than an average human mouth. For starters, they eat garbage, and sometimes even their own poop. They lick their genitals on the regular.

Even if you’ve never gotten sick from your dog’s licks, your baby’s immune system isn’t as developed as yours. From worms to leptospirosis to even ticks, the list of diseases your baby could get from your dog is long and troubling.

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2. But don’t be a germophobe

While it isn’t a great idea to let your dog go to town on your baby’s face, a few licks shouldn’t make you worry—though you should probably clean that area up with a baby wipe. According to BabyCenter, germs tend to be species-specific, so dog germs aren’t likely to affect your child. But still, it’s better to err on the side of caution and avoid letting your dog lick your baby until he is older.

On the next page: more reasons why you shouldn't let your dog lick your baby's face.

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