As the parents of a 5-month-old baby and a very affectionate puppy, my wife and I try to limit the amount of baby-licking that that the dog does to short, supervised sessions of foot-only licking, with immediate wipe-down afterwards.
But yesterday, the baby was in her pack’n’play playpen, happily watching the dog chew a (nyla)bone. We looked away for a moment, (and as any parent quickly learns, a moment is sometimes all they need to get in trouble), and looked back to our dismay to see the baby with her face pressed up against the mesh side of the pack’n’play, the dog feverishly licking her face, and the baby enthusiastically licking back through the mesh with a smile.
The baby has shown no signs of illness (nor has the dog). And I’ve heard a million times “A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s,” but I find that hard to believe since she eats things that fall on the floor, and also licks her genitals and anus, and for the most part, humans don’t.
But, if there’s anywhere to get reliable facts about dog/baby tonsil hockey, it’s here. So, anything we should be worried about or watch for?