Your dog is part of your family. You might even feel Fido is one of the kids. Naturally, when you bring home baby, you want your dog to greet those charming chubby cheeks and tiny toes just like the rest of you do. Still, while human kisses and snuggles are appropriate, it may not be wise to let Fido indulge in baby kissing.
Here are twelve reasons to consider not letting your dog lick your baby.
1. Waterborne Illnesses
Swimming is an excellent cardio workout for human beings; and the same holds true for your canine friends.
Taking your dog to a local lake and diving in is a great way to have some fun with your pooch while getting exercise for both of you.
Rather than just tossing the ball in and letting them splash after it, dive in with them and apply the principles of Race Fetch to the water.
Just remember to keep your clothes and towel away from the spot your dog will exit the water, because you’ll quickly find a pile of soaked clothes once they shake off.
The only downside to this form of exercise is that your dog may contract a waterborne illness, which can in turn infect you or your baby. Stay away from any body of water that has official hazard postings.
Lakes and rivers can contain many different pathogens. Though most of these pathogens are not life-threatening, they can cause serious stomach problems such as diarrhea and vomiting, and may be especially dangerous to infants.
Pools are an acceptable substitute for lakes, and are much less likely to contain such waterborne pathogens. Just remember that dogs with thicker coats may clog drains and filters in a pool.