Interesting Facts about your Dog’s Saliva

While many people may think that saliva is saliva and a dog’s saliva is nothing special, this is not true and the facts below may surprise you.

  1. A dog’s saliva can prevent cavities. Just like human saliva, a canine’s mouth juices protect the teeth by making the fluid around the teeth more alkaline verses acidic, which attacks tooth enamel and makes it soft.
  2. A dog’s saliva aids in digestion but not like a human’s. The purpose of a dog’s saliva is a liquid by which helps the food travel to the stomach. Also, a dog does not have to actually chew their food either to get the saliva into the food for digestion. Once the diet is in the stomach, the digestive system does fine on its own as far as processing the food.
  3. A dog’s saliva is antibacterial in nature. While the reason a dog licks a wound in the past has simply been seen as a way of keeping dirt, grass, etc out of the wound, there is a bit more to this action. Yes, the texture of the tongue helps to remove dirt and debris out of a wound, the saliva comes behind the tongue to offer a shot of an antibacterial treatment. While this natural treatment for scraps and scratches works, always keep an eye on any lesion your dog may have and take him/her to the vet if you suspect an infection.
  4. A dog’s saliva is antibacterial for dogs but so much for humans. What do I mean by this statement? Well, while a canine’s saliva has antibacterial properties, this does not mean it protects humans. There are viruses that can be transferred from your fur baby to you through saliva. So be careful where your dog licks you and always wash your hands after interacting with your dog.
  5. A dog’s saliva is full of human allergens. Many people believe that an allergic reaction to a dog comes from their fur. While you can be allergic to the dandruff that is in the dog’s fur, it is more likely that you are allergic to one or more of the 12 allergens found on a dog’s tongue. At this point, you may be wondering what the connection is now between a dog’s fur and tongue when it comes to allergies. The science behind this idea begins with a dog licking its fur. The saliva dries on the fur and becomes airborne. Now the 12 allergens that were on the dog’s tongue are now in the air that you breathe, which can now cause allergic reactions.

Now, who knew that a dog’s saliva could be so interesting.