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Your dog’s mouth is nasty, say scientists, so kiss him at your own peril

** ADVANCE FOR RELEASE, SUNDAY, JAN. 30, AND THEREAFTER ** In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, Dogtown manager John Garcia gets a lick on the face by Ellen in Kanab, Utah. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

When it comes to kissing, experts caution: Beware of dogs.

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