Dogs and other animals often repeatedly pass their tongue over areas of their body that have a damaged area. With this action they usually relieve the pain or itching they feel. But Should we let our dog lick his wound?
A question that science does not finish to solve
As it usually happens in almost all cases, scientists do not end up agreeing on this issue. And nothing is absolutely definitive. Because what today seems to be an indisputable truth, tomorrow can become something that is set aside as obsolete.
So, to this day we can point out that While it has been shown that saliva from dogs has some healing properties, it is also not true that it contains some bacteria that can contribute to infect a wound.
So, at the moment, it is better to avoid your hairy licking the injured parts. And that you resort to the veterinarian to indicate the best treatment you should use to cure the injured area.
One question without a definitive answer is whether we should let a dog lick its wound. At the moment it seems that, despite some beneficial substances present in the saliva of the furry, there is a risk of infections due to the presence of some harmful microorganisms.
Pros and cons of letting the dog lick its wound
A chemical analysis of canine saliva shows that it contains antimicrobial and antifungal proteins. That's why it helps to heal the various injuries and reduce scars.
But the presence of other germs in this liquid makes it run the risk of aggravating the situation. Especially if it's about bigger or deeper wounds.
Further, if the lesions are kept moist by constant licking, it is more likely that they will take longer to close. It can also happen that dogs lick compulsively, hurting themselves even more.
How to treat the wounded areas of the hairy
If your pet's wound is superficial, you can perform a healing yourself, according to the instructions made by a professional.
He will know how to tell you the antiseptics suitable for your dog's skin and, if necessary, what kind of medication and at what dose you should give him.
But if the injury is deeper or you notice other warning signs, take your hairy to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
In any case, As you do not have to let the dog lick your wound, you have to use a bandage or dressing. And, from there, you must observe that the animal does not want to remove it. In these cases, it will be necessary to resort to an Elizabethan collar.
Information about the saliva of the dogs
According to recent research, the saliva of the dog reinforces the immune system of the people with whom they coexist. For that reason, it can help prevent, for example, allergies in humans.
In Colombia, a thesis carried out at the University of Santander, Cúcuta, determined that it inhibits the growth of some bacteria and that, in addition, can help in healing processes.
On the other hand, A study conducted at the University of Arizona indicates that the microbes present in the stomach of the dogs would have a probiotic effect on our body. This benefit would be transmitted through the saliva of the hairy ones and would strengthen our bacterial flora.
For now, do not let your hairy lick your wounds
In short. Nobody disputes since the saliva of dogs has antibacterial components. But nobody dares to say that it does not also have some components that are not entirely friendly.
For these reasons, at the moment it is better not to let the dog lick its wounds. And you should also avoid lama the other furry and even the people. Pay special attention in the case of children.
And while nature is wise and we can think that if the dog licks instinctively is because he knows that way it will heal, we can also say that it does because it is the only "tool" you have at your disposal to try to relieve the discomfort or pain caused by the injury.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in the field of scientific research.