Do you let your cat or dog LICK your baby?

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/14/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )




This is a huge pet peeve of mine……
(To each there own), but Ewwwwww

Do you let your cat or dogs or (animals) lick your child (baby) on the mouth or anywhere on there body?

The other day I seen a little dog just going to town on a baby boy….and the mom was just letting the dog lick the baby all in the mouth and face…
I know the saying that a dogs mouth is cleaner then a humans, but we…well most of us …don’t lick our behinds, or lick up someone’s barff..ect
I have a mini Doxin, and a Beagle, I do not allow my son to let them lick anywhere on his face, (his hands I don’t mind as long as he washes them RIGHT after) and I definitely don’t let them lick on my baby, when he first came home and now I occasionally let them smell him, so they know his sent….but that is all.

What do you feel about house animals who lick all over baby’s or kids for that matter?


Lea - posted on 08/16/2010




To my knowledge healthy home pets have no dangerous contagious germs and exposure to natural germs in the environment - from being born vaginally,to playing in dirt and with animals - has been shown to help a child's immune system, reducing their risk of digestive problems, asthma, and allergies. Its also teaching my son to be affectionate and compassionate and hes never gotten sick from it. Yes our dog licks my son's face and its very cute.

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Hell no, I don't let them lick me so why on earth would I let them, lick the kids. ewww. Personal opinion here but it disgusts me.

Tara - posted on 08/15/2010




Funny story, I had homebirths for my last two births, the only ones my dog was part of the family for. (she's 7). And when she was finally allowed near me to see me after delivery, she licked me, than she licked the baby's head!! The midwife thought it was so cute that she was helping me to clean the baby off!

I let them lick the baby's face. No big deal, have 6 kids, never had one get sick from getting a little love from the canine side of the family. :)

My son was bitten on the back of his hand by a dog, the doctor sealed the wound with medical grade crazy glue and sent us on our way, when I asked him if he was going to give my son a shot of antibiotic or something to take by mouth etc. he laughed and said he got his shot when he got bit. Dog bites are the cleanest bites in the animal kingdom and he said their saliva is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

No worries here about slobbery dog kisses.

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LaCi - posted on 08/17/2010




I don't have a pet, but I wouldn't care. Dog slobber grosses me out, but I'm not worried about any dangers from it.

Elisabeth - posted on 08/17/2010




Oh God your not alone there, it's so disgusting. I even find dogs being in the house gross. Yuck! Btw I have to big dogs and I only let them lick my oldest on the hands and, like yourself, wash straight away and don't lick my 9mo at all.

Mary - posted on 08/16/2010




I have 2 big dogs. Obviously, when my daughter was an infant, they were never within a close enough distance of her for them to lick with abandon (which those two fools would do). However, as she got more mobile, it was damned near impossible to prevent. I swear, what motivated her to crawl was her desire to get to them! At that point, she was getting "kissed" all the time. Never really bugged me much. As long as it wasn't bothering her (she usually laughed with delight!), it never really upset me.

I'm pretty laid back about the whole germ thing - I believe in letting her build up her immune system by exposure to normal, everyday things. As Amie pointed out, babies and kids put the most disgusting things in their mouth - it's their way of exploring and experiencing their environment. A dog kiss or two is just not that big of a deal to me.

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Don't have animals, but i do love them.I hate when others let there animals near my kids to lick them..come on what do dogs and cats do best lick themselves so why would i allow them to then lick my kids.That's horrible&gross.My kids dont need to be in dirt or licked by animals to help there immune etc LOL there both fit as fiddles that even there doc commented on how great there health is for children.There never sick.

ME - posted on 08/16/2010




My cats are very independent, a quick lap snuggle is all we ever get, and they avoid the kids like the plague. My sisters dog is very loving, and kisses Miles all the time. I have no problem with this...hasn't been around Mayah yet, but she is very small, and Porter is very, we'll wait a bit longer still..

Ashley - posted on 08/16/2010




PS Its only okay with me with dogs that I know wont hurt my baby. And I didnt allow it when my son was really small. I discourage the kisses on the mouth but I dont know how anyone can stop it completely. I think its cute that my dog licks the sweat off my sons head when hes crawling around. Like I said we are all a happy family, animals included.

Ashley - posted on 08/16/2010




I let my dog "kiss" my 9 month old. They are getting used to eachother. If its excessive then I'll pull the dog away, but my son loves dogs and the dog was feeling a little jelouse about the baby and now has just come around so why would I stop it. I've been licked many times by dogs. My Mom as a pug who is a month younger then my son and they are best friends. They lick each other. lol. I dont like it in my sons mouth but it isnt going to kill him. My dogs are my family and thats just the way it is. My son has had far worse in his mouth, ie the cats tail. Ew hair!!!

Johnny - posted on 08/15/2010




Well, I've only got cats and they don't lick anyone ever. But I would not encourage any animal to lick anyone on the lips. I wouldn't freak out if it happened, at all, but I would probably gently discourage it. When I was a kid, my dogs licked my lips all the time, despite my mothers attempts to stop it. Nothing every happened as a result. Probably helped strengthen my immune system, lol.

Joanna - posted on 08/15/2010




I'd rather they not, but I won't freak out if my kid (baby or older) gets a few licks. Kids eat dirt and boogers, so the thought of a pretty clean animal tongue on my kid isn't gross. I would personally keep my young infants away from all animals just for safety reasons, but after a certain age, why not let them explore and learn a little bit about affection from a furry friend?

Brittney - posted on 08/15/2010




I'll let my dog give Tori a friendly lick hello, but I stop her from "going to town" on her lol. It's not so much the gross factor for me, it's just that I don't let her do it to me or to guests so why let her do it to my daughter?

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I don't have any pets. We had chickens that all died before E turned one. She loved watching them, and they were pretty tame, so they were easy to catch to let her pet them. But chickens don't lick.

When we go to someone else's house that has animals, I don't worry with it. I'll ask if the animal has been known to bite or nip, but don't worry about the licking. I just make sure she has a good bath when we get home. =)

C. - posted on 08/15/2010




"I know they lick their butts, but the saliva in a dogs mouth will kill any germs and bacteria that are present."

Tara, I'm not an idiot. I know this. I've had dogs AND cats before. I am saying I don't like it- at all. The idea of it is just absolutely nauseating to me. A dog coming in from going to the bathroom outside doing a #2, licking their butt and THEN giving my child, myself or my husband a kiss ANYWHERE on the body??? NO THANK YOU.

Stifler's - posted on 08/15/2010




I let our friend's dog lick Logan's feet lol but not on the mouth and stuff. I don't really like the idea of a dog biting my kid.

Jessica - posted on 08/15/2010




I'm pretty much th same as Tara. When me and my brother were each born , first thing my mom did when she got home from the hospital was lay us down on a blanket for our german shepard to smell, she adopted us, lol and protected us as if w were her own pups. Although that dog was an exception to most dogs, she was amazing and better then any human I have ever known. My german shepard on the other hand is still young and very hyper, so when Peyton was born we introduced them when we brought hr home from the hospital, but I held her. I also dont leave carly alone with Peyton cause she could accidently hurt her even though she tries to be gentle. I do let carly kiss her though, as long as shes ok with it. Dogs mouths sterilize every 30 secs. :)

Adriana - posted on 08/15/2010




LMAO @ Brandy ..

I have a cat and a dog. My cat doesn't lick ... she doesn't even like people. My dog on the other hand he loves to lick and I hate it. I hated to be licked I don't let him lick my 2 year old and if I have friends that come over and don't like it I just put him out while they are visiting.

Jaime - posted on 08/15/2010




Nah, this isn't an issue for me. My aunts have a husky/german shepherd cross and she loves to lick the son thinks it's hysterical and he just sits while she licks his face and mouth. Everyone else is grossed out but it really truly doesn't bother him, so it doesn't bother me.

Lyndsay - posted on 08/15/2010




We got my dog when my son was just under a year old. At first I wouldn't let her lick him at all, but now that he's three it's really no longer something I can control. By now he knows not to let her lick his face (because I told him she licks her own bum), but she will lick his hands, feet, etc.

Meghan - posted on 08/15/2010




My boy loves kisses from the dog. It grosses ME out, but it's him she is licking not me. AND he has started doing it back. I spend so much time teaching him to be gentle and nice to the dog and that's one way that he knows to show his affection.

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YUK that is vile!

No I do not let dogs or cats or any animal lick my son and will not - I know it will happen because I cannot control everything but it will not happen while I am there. I am also dubious about letting an animal that close to my baby anyway they could bite - all animals can 'turn' and bite even if it is a friendly loving animal.

Although that being said when he is older I will allow him to feed farm animals on our farm visits (and then he will wash his hands immediately).

Amie - posted on 08/15/2010




Oh our cats won't though. They barely tolerate humans, let alone show any affection. The one is my brothers cat and will cuddle with him but could give two shits about the rest of us. She'll come to me if her food needs refilling but runs if the kids get too close to her.

Our cat sleeps with our daughter, or used to, she just had kittens. Other than our oldest daughter though she's not all that affectionate. She'll put up with the kids petting and holding her but if she can bolt, she will. Like my brothers cat, she'll come to me if she needs more food.

Cats, in general, are more snobby and some are down right bitchy. My parents cat, I hate that cat, she hisses and spits at everyone. Including them but at least they can get near her. lol

Amie - posted on 08/15/2010




Our dog licks our kids. She'll lick other people if she thinks it's ok, if it's not they only have to tell her no kisses and she'll stop.

I wouldn't let a strange animal near our kids faces though. I don't need another kid getting bit. Our 3rd has gotten bit on the chin before. We were camping last year and the dog at the next camp site came over with it's owners to say hi. My husband held onto her while they were talking and introducing the dog but the owners failed to tell us their dog gets intimidated easily. When Ryan got too close it snapped its jaws but missed him and caught our daughter. She was ok, didn't bleed much and didn't need stitches.

In regards to what Tara was saying, I agree with her too. I can only think of one person getting a shot after a dog bite, that was my mom. They gave her a rabies shot because they were unsure of the dog. I've never heard of antibiotics being given though.

In all honesty too, my kids have put some of the most disgusting things in their own mouths. A few doggie kisses aren't going to affect them.

Danielle - posted on 08/15/2010




I let my parents' yellow lab give my 15 month old one kiss. If he licks anymore than that I yell "ONLY ONE KISS, GUS!" and he stops lol.

Rosie - posted on 08/15/2010




i don't mind unless it's crazy excessive annoying licking. a couple licks isn't going to hurt them! :) i know that i don't like to be licked on the mouth or anywhere else for that matter, so if i see that the kid is annoyed then i'll make my dog stop. my oldest son LOVES it when our cat licks him. i don't care, it's cute.

Sharon - posted on 08/15/2010




NOT the mouth - thats just nasty. The head, hands - whatever - but hands and face - I'm right there with a washcloth to mop up behind the behind dog. Then again we never had super licky type dogs. They do a single taste test then pass on the spongy pink human like thing.

Cats are different, lol. We have two cats who seem to think its their job to keep the kids clean. ONE will clean their eyes & ears the other will clean just about anything else they will stay still for. But they were never allowed to do this to infants.

Tara - posted on 08/15/2010




I know they lick their butts, but the saliva in a dogs mouth will kill any germs and bacteria that are present.
It's honestly not as icky as the idea of it is. :)
Just google it, lol

C. - posted on 08/15/2010





In regards to Tara's post about her son's hand.. When I was younger, I went to hug our family dog, but I squeezed her instead. I was little and I didn't realize that it wasn't a good idea. Well, the dog snapped at me so fast that my mom, who was sitting right next to the dog and me, didn't have time to put herself between us before the dog bit the inside of my lower lip near my gum line. She used peroxide. Just held my lip out and poured it over the wound over the sink. No antibiotics or stitches or anything.

But in instances like that, it's fairly unpreventable. I think it's absolutely disgusting to actually allow a dog/cat to lick a baby's face.. And your own. My husband and his family let their dogs lick all over their face.. My husband has to wash his face and brush his teeth before he kisses me. So nasty. I don't want dog butt lick all over me and certainly not on my baby.

Kylie - posted on 08/15/2010




My mum's dog licks my kids..i don't mind a few licks to say hello but i do intervene if i see my youngest is getting uncomfortable with the licking. I tell both my kids to stand up and turn their back on the dog if she goes for the face but I've seen my daughter hysterically laughing because the dog was licking her was very cute and funny. I'm not much of a dog person so i don't like being licked myself especially not on the face. I like them to wash hands after playing with the dog.. but I'm more worried about the dog stink than the germs to be honest.

Jessica - posted on 08/15/2010




Well, I only have cats and a rabbit and they don't really lick lol. If I had a dog I wouldn't let it lick his face, but I also realize that sometimes its unavoidable. I'd be more diligent around a smaller baby/newborn. But I've fished dead flies and rabbit turds out of my 14 month old's mouth, so... I'm less phased by that kind of thing with toddlers ;)

Shelley - posted on 08/15/2010




i don't like it with babies but like everyone else its hard with my 15 month old

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 08/15/2010




My dogs and son are the best of buddies…he actually considers the dogs his brother and sister…lol. (weird I know, but He was an only kid for the past 7 years.)

Charlie - posted on 08/14/2010




Pffft its hard to stop my toddler from licking the dog hahaha.

Like Cathy my toddler and his dog are inseparable , best of mates im pretty sure Cooper thinks he is a dog , if i see it i stop it .

the dog isnt allowed near the baby , not until he is older and i can trust Oscar around the baby .

Brandy - posted on 08/14/2010




We don't have any animals but other people's animals have licked my children and their owners always seem pissed off when I push the animal away from my baby and that pisses me off. If your pet can't keep it's tongue in it's mouth, keep it away from my kid. For all I know, your dog just took a crap and then licked his ass right before walking over to us.

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