Author: admin, 30.04.2015Sometimes it's hard to tell whether licking is getting out of control or just a normal canine drive, so here's a simple rule of thumb: If there's any evidence of a wound, hair loss or even thinning of the fur, continual licking of the area is considered excessive. The belief that human wounds can heal faster when licked by dogs dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, when dogs were used in healing practices.
Just because your dog’s saliva may have some potential benefits doesn’t mean it comes without risks. Some areas of the country have already seen snow this year, so there’s no time like the present to prepare your yard for the coming winter.
The Egyptians believed that being licked by a dog, especially on an open wound, would aid in recovery or even cure the disease causing the illness. For example, cats' and dogs' mouths contain a bacteria called Pasteurella that could cause a skin infection called cellulitis in humans if transmitted onto a wound.
The little research available today on the this subject suggests that dog saliva may have antimicrobial properties, but your pooch’s tongue also carries plenty of bad bacteria. Both women were infected with capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacteria found in the mouths of cats and dogs, after one was bitten by a dog and the other was believed to have contracted it in some way from her 1-year-old pup.
If dogs' saliva was a safe and effective way to treat a cut, it probably would have been bottled up by some big pharmaceutical company by now. Stick with good old-fashioned soap and water to disinfect your wounds, and keep them clear of Fido’s mouth.
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