Licking wounds to disinfect?

Answer Sort of. Your saliva has an enzyme in it called lysozyme, which breaks down the cell wall of some microorganisms, therefore killing them. However, by licking a cut, you'll be introducing the living... Read More »

Top Q&A For: Licking wounds to disinfect

Does licking your wounds really prevent an infection?

I'm thinking that a human licking a wound would almost ensure infection - the human mouth has more bacteria in it than what's on our hands...blech...Now dog saliva, I'm not so sure about...I'm curi... Read More »

How to Stop a Dog from Licking Everything?

Dogs that lick compulsively can get into some sticky and potentially dangerous situations, let alone being an irritating habit. Unfortunately, by the time this habit is established, it's very much ... Read More »

Why is my dog licking her paws?

Chronic paw-licking is a common complaint in dog owners. What's worse, this minor nuisance can escalate into a persistent habit. However, there may be a medical issue to explain why your dog is lic... Read More »

Why would a dog keep licking the floor?

It might be annoying, but your dog's floor licking can be a common and harmless problem. However, other factors may be responsible and it could be a sign of something more serious. If your dog's li... Read More »