Bad news klaxon! Kissing your pet on the mouth may be damaging your health
If you have a pet, chances are you love that pet.
You've probably cuddled that pet, held that pet, and told that pet your deepest, darkest fears as if it were you best friend or, indeed, your lover.
Chances are you've probably kissed your pet too, maybe even on the mouth, and then subsequently washed your mouth afterwards because who actually knows where your pet has been, right?
Well, bad news klaxon if the above is true because a new study has revealed that kissing your pet on the mouth, and being overly affectionate in general, could be having a negative affect on your health.
Research conducted by Glasgow's Caledonian University shows that although a normal amount of affection between humans and pets should be encouraged, too much could lead to the transfer of antibiotic-resistant bugs, in turn posing a threat for humans and animals.
"The research is showing how big the problem of antibiotic resistance is more generally, but this particular study looks at a very small part of that bigger picture," research lead, Dr Adele Dickson, told Sky News.
Dr Dickson's research is not suggesting halting all affection with pets, but that there is a place called stop and maybe we should be reaching it sooner rather than later.
She said that vets should potentially be giving animals less drugs so bacteria don't have enough time to build up resistance.
However, Dr Dickson was adamant that the actual risk itself was quite low, with about one percent of domestic pets carrying drug-resistant bugs.
"We're not trying to suggest that pet owners stop showing affection to their pets, or stop enjoying their pets," she said
"But there are small and simple things that we can do within the home environment and in our interactions with pets that could make a huge difference in fighting the risk of antibiotics resistance."
Dr Dickson suggested not kissing your pet on the mouth, washing your hands immediately after interacting with your pet, and not allowing your pet to lick your mouth or nose.
A tough enough ask.
They're so cute.