Olympic Gymnast Responds To Critics After Posting Dog Kissing Photo

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman recently took fire from her followers on Twitter and Facebook after posting a picture of her kissing her dog on the mouth.

While there were several comments to the gymnast about “lucky dog” and “very cute dog,” with one person on Facebook saying, “The best kisses are dog kisses,” there were also a lot of comments saying “yuck,” “ewwww,” and “Just so you know, dog’s mouths are filthy. You can get a whole host of diseases from them, especially when letting them lick you on the mouth like that.”

Is it true that you can get “a whole host of diseases” from kissing your dog on the mouth? According to an article published by The New York Times last October, “when it comes to such kisses, experts caution: Beware of dogs.” This video goes into some more detail about the risk of kissing dogs on their mouths.

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Between the bacteria that a dog naturally carries in its mouth, the things they eat, and pathogens they might pick up on their muzzle from sniffing things, kissing your dog on the mouth does bear some risk. In a healthy adult, that risk is minimal, but it may be a problem for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

As for Aly? She’ll keep kissing her dogs.

What do you think? Do you allow your dog to kiss you on the mouth? Let us know in the comments!

(H/T: CBS BostonThe New York Times)

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