Why do some individuals let dogs lick their wounds?

Introduction: The Curious Case of Wound Licking Dogs

It is a familiar sight to see a dog licking its own wounds. But what about the cases where dogs are licking the wounds of humans? Some individuals believe that a dog’s saliva has healing properties and can even help wounds to heal faster. This has led to the practice of allowing dogs to lick human wounds, despite the potential risks involved. In this article, we will explore the reasons why some individuals allow dogs to lick their wounds, the science behind the practice, and the potential risks associated with it.

The Evolutionary Basis of Canine Wound Licking Behavior

Dogs have been observed to lick their own wounds as well as those of other dogs. This behavior is believed to have an evolutionary basis. In the wild, dogs would often lick the wounds of their pack mates to keep them clean and promote healing. This behavior is also believed to be a way for dogs to bond with each other and show affection. Dogs may also lick their own wounds as a way to soothe themselves and relieve pain. Therefore, the act of a dog licking a human wound may be a natural behavior that has been ingrained in their DNA over generations of evolution.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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