Question: Do You Let Pets “Clean” Your Dishes?

updated May 3, 2019
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At home over the holidays, we’d just finished a big meal and set our plates on the floor for the dog while we recuperated for a few minutes. Gazing fondly down at our dog as she licked up every last crumb and smear from our plates, her belly flat on the floor for maximum licking advantage, the thought crossed my mind, “Huh. That’s…kinda gross.”

Now, my family has been letting our dog “clean” our plates for years (of course, we wash all the dishes with soap and water later!). And even after having this thought, I continued to let her lick my plate for the rest of my vacation without much more consideration of the matter.

But I can definitely see how some people might, well, want a little more of a boundary between themselves and their pet.

Where do you stand on the matter? Are there specific “do’s” and “don’ts” when it comes to letting your pet eat human food?

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