Love your pooch? Know facts about its saliva
Those who have furry babies at home, are in complete love with their four legged buddies. For pet owners, they are not just pets, they are family; they are happiness; and more than anything else, they are life. We humans grow so fond of our dogs that we build an eternal bond with them, owing to which we tend to forget that at the end of the day they are animals and physical proximity with them can harm us. We kiss them and let them lick us without knowing a thing about their saliva. Well, we aren’t saying that it’s not OK to shower your love on your dog, but what is also important is your safety. There are things that you should know about dog saliva, things that will keep you safe, things that you must also know for the sake of your dog’s health. And here, we have listed down certain facts about it:
Dog saliva is antibacterial
People are under the impression that dog saliva causes infection, well, in contrast to it, the dog saliva contains chemicals that are antibacterial. Saliva alone isn’t the responsible for infection; it is not the direct cause of infection.
Dogs lick over their wounds which promotes healing in them. Having said this, we would recommend taking your dog to veterinary because not all wounds can be cured with mere saliva.
Dog “kisses” may transfer bacteria to humans
Okay… so we told you that dog saliva is anti bacterial; true, but this doesn’t mean that dog “kisses” are clean and you should let your pooch shower you with slobbery kisses. There are chances of bacteria transmission from pets to humans .
Saliva of dogs may cause allergies in humans
It’s a common myth that dogs’ hair causes allergies in humans, while this isn’t true, the real culprits are the flakes of dead skin, saliva and the urine. According to the studies conducted, dog saliva contains at least 12 different allergy-causing protein bands. So, when the dog licks its fur, the bacteria in the saliva get transferred to the hair (or the fur) of the dog and this is how these proteins become airborne.
Saliva aids the dogs with digestion
Like humans, dogs don’t have enzymes present in their saliva but it still helps in the digestion of food, how, you ask? It is designed to help food reach the stomach where the digestion process begins.
Dog saliva helps prevent canine cavities
Human saliva is not good for the prevention of cavities, but with a PH around 7.5 to 8, the dog saliva is suited to prevent cavities.
Now that you have read all the five facts mentioned above, you should consider these. But these don’t imply that you will surely fall ill after a lick or multiple licks from your dog. A lot also depends on your immune system and how much you are used to it. So, keep loving your pooch while keeping the above in mind.