While we all love a good smooch from our pups, there are lots of germs and bacteria in dog saliva that can make us sick. So while that kiss might be funny in the moment, you could regret it afterward.

“When dog saliva touches intact human skin, especially in a healthy person, it is extremely unlikely to cause any problems, as there will be very little absorption through the skin,” says dermatologist  Dr Sonia Batra. “However, a dog’s saliva and whatever might be in it can be absorbed more easily through the mucous membranes of a person’s nose, mouth and eyes, as well as any cuts or wounds,” she explains.

The good news is, it’s not super common for that wet doggy kiss to cause health problems. “It is rare to get sick this way, but it does happen," she says. "This is more likely in people whose immune systems are suppressed." 

Still, after being licked by a dog, it is important to always wash your hands and any licked areas with soap and water, Batra says, just to keep yourself safe. Here’s what can happen—worst-case scenario—if you let your best bud slobber over you:

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