Are you one of those dog owners who love to get kisses from your furry friend?
A discovery shared by a microbiologist could save you a few fewer dog licks in the face.
TikToker Nick Aicher revealed just how dirty the inside of a dog’s mouth really is, so don’t let him lick your face.
The microbiologist has been conducting tests and growing bacterial cultures in a lab for the past three months to show how dirty the world is, wiping down everything from vending machines to toilet brushes.
The 27-year-old shares his insights on TikTok and has over 218,000 followers. Many wonder how clean their pets really are.
With so many people kissing their dogs and getting licked for it, Nick finally addressed the popular question in a video that has been viewed over a million times.
“People say their mouth is cleaner than someone else’s, so I thought I’d check it out,” said Nick, from Chicago, USA NeedToKnow.co.uk.
“I blotted with a sterile tube and then incubated the results on TSA agar for 24 hours.
“It was dirty – can’t say I’m surprised by the results as dogs tend to stick their face in almost anything.
“I personally don’t like it when dogs lick me because their breath smells pretty gross.”
In the video, Nick wipes his dog’s nose, mouth and finally his paws.
He then uses the sample to grow cultures in hopes of getting answers and sharing his findings.
The results showed that the dog’s mouth was dirtier than its paws and contained a large amount of bacteria.
Although the bacterium has not yet been identified, Nick strongly advises against letting your dog lick your face.
Nick commented on the video, saying, “Good god, remember that when your dog licks you.”
The clip has garnered 62,900 likes and hundreds of comments, and many dog lovers are happily ignoring the microbiologist’s findings.
Kayla commented, “Probably the reason I never get sick. Dog kisses and paws strengthen my immune system!” [sic]
Jessica added: “I’m erasing that from my memory. Whether those dog kisses get dirty or not.” [sic]
“I don’t care. I have an adult immune system. I love smelling Frito paws! It makes me feel good when I get kisses from our puppies. Never get sick,” Kelly said.
“Do we know which bacteria? Might be completely harmless to us,” Kevin asked.
In another video, Nick compares the results to a cat and received 196,700 views and 13,000 likes.
The results showed that the cat’s paws and mouth were significantly cleaner than the dog’s, but the nose was still riddled with bacteria.
“Proof that cats are simply better and cleaner than dogs,” commented Caro.
Michelle said, “I think the cat is cleaner overall because it bathes itself a lot compared to dogs.” [sic]