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Water Fountain

Monday, May 20, 2013

If you were running on a hot day, thirsty and came upon a water fountain in a park that a dog was drinking out of, would it bother you to drink out of that same fountain right after the dog?

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PLMITCH 5/21/2013 5:11PM

    No issues as long as it is running water...

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RUN4FOOD 5/20/2013 9:36PM

    My mind went to these two thoughts and i didn't have any soap.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says about dogs that: "To best protect yourself from getting sick, thoroughly wash your hands with running water and soap after contact with dogs, dog saliva, or dog feces (stool)."

As to whether to exchange kisses with Spot or to forego the procedure in favor of giving him a good petting, keep in mind that a dog's tongue is both its wash cloth and its toilet paper.

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SPINNINGJW 5/20/2013 9:14PM

    I have heard that dog saliva has a slightly antiseptic quality. Don't know if I believe it, but I would certainly drink from the fountain after letting it run for a bit.

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MOBYCARP 5/20/2013 7:48PM

    I hope I'd be carrying my own water with me. Absent that, better to let it flow to rinse then drink after the dog, than to get dehydration with heat stroke.

Thought to ponder: The next time you're running on a hot day, thirsty, and come across a vacant drinking fountain . . . how would you know that the last user *wasn't* a dog?

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JTREMBATH 5/20/2013 2:46PM

    not sure.

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BOILHAM 5/20/2013 2:20PM

    Sure, just let it run a few seconds and drink away. I'm not queasy about such things.

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