December 30
, 2009

Is your dog’s saliva really good for
curing wounds?

Your dog’s saliva does contain some antiseptic properties allowing it to help kill off some bacteria. Also, occasional licking can speed the healing process by clearing away dead skin cells and promoting the formation of new skin cells. However, these potential benefits are far outweighed by the harm wound-licking can cause.

Your dog’s saliva contains its own bacteria which, if it enters the wound of a person or dog, can cause serious infections, especially in dogs and humans with already-weakened immune systems. In addition, licking a wound keeps the wound area moist and warm – ideal conditions for bacteria and infections to prosper. Constant licking can also keep the wound open and even damage the skin. For information on cut and wound care click here.

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