Would dogs live longer if they didn’t lick everything?

I am pretty certain that if I licked strangers’ hands, licked food off any surface (regardless of how clean that surface was), ate random things in the yard and licked my butt/feet that I would expect to come down with some serious ailments that would cut into my life expectancy.  And our dogs do all these things on a daily basis.  Is it any wonder that our 11 year old Yellow Lab is starting to show some serious age and dementia?  Poor guy…

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Would dogs live longer if they didn’t lick everything?

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