While many were supportive of the actress, a few cautioned against the pooch PDA during pregnancy, with one even saying, “I almost lost my newborn daughter to sepsis thanks to doggy kisses.”
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So was Duff’s puppy pucker a no-no?
According to Dr. Sara Swift, an OB-GYN in Green Bay, Wisconsin, “dog kisses really shouldn’t pose a huge problem,” she explains. “But cat litter boxes and rodent cages are a big no-no due to toxoplasmosis and lymphocytic choriomeningitis, respectively.”
Though hanging with dogs can pose a slight risk during pregnancy, it’s more about their size. “The biggest concern with dogs is that they can jump and push you over, however this is not a big issue with most dogs,” Swift explains.
However, dogs’ mouths do carry many types of bacteria, so in general, “no one should really make out with a dog … pregnant or not,” Swift adds.