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    Default Licking human wounds.

    Does your dog do it ??

    Mojo is always trying to lick any cuts or injuries i have. I'm guessing he's trying to clean them ??

    Wether its the mozzie bite i scratched till it bled on the weekend or when i nearly cut my fingers of a few weeks back and had a bandaged handfull off stitches, he's always sniffing around the area and if i let him he will lick the area for a fair while.

    The wife thinks it's gross......probably a tonne bacteria and crap on his tounge for it to do any good and its not like i let him do it constantly.....but i think its kinda cool the big fella wants to look after his daddy.

    Its like he knows theres somthing wrong and he wants to help as best as a dog knows how.......and yes i do know where that tounge has been....he constantly teases me he can lick his own balls....the lucky bugger LOL.


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    Gypsy does it to me as well, (she seemed especially keen when i cut my hand cutting up bait for the crab pot )

    i'm not sure why she does it, but i try not to let her given the places she sticks her toungue!!

    it is quite amusing though :

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    jonah does it too........... he knows when im feeling under the weather too, be it a hang over or genuine man flu...... seems to be extra affectionate.

    im not too fussed, he gives me big wet kisses anyway, i cant see how his saliva would be infested with bacteria any worse than some of the women i have kissed.
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    Yep,Tonk does it as well . He can sit there and lick and lick , he goes into a trance.

    My pop used to say wounds would heal faster if licked by a dog.
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    If you ask my partner's mum, dishes licked by dogs before being put in the dishwasher come out cleaner than any other method of cleaning dishes, so maybe there is some application to people's wounds. My dog doesn't do that, he just likes licking toes.

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    Koda does this, especially if the wound is on my foot or leg. I usually let him do it, i think its cute!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChoppaChop View Post
    Yep,Tonk does it as well . He can sit there and lick and lick , he goes into a trance.

    My pop used to say wounds would heal faster if licked by a dog.
    My mum says this too. But, I was watching some show a few years back now and they had a vet on to dispel some myths. Firstly he reckoned dogs can eat chocolate as long as it's in small quantities - I won't be going down that road! He also said, when talking about the "myth" that dogs licking promote healing that your average dogs tongue has the same level of bacteria as your average toilet bowl. I still let Brock chew on my ears occasionally haha

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    My dog licks my face when i'm crying :3 She gets pretty worried. Haven't noticed her licking any wounds though..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    .....your average dogs tongue has the same level of bacteria as your average toilet bowl. .
    Actually, a toilet bowl has less bacteria in it than your kitchen counter unless you are OCD that is.

    Having said that let me get all proffessorial and say a protease inhibitor, secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor, is present in saliva and is both antibacterial and antiviral, and a promoter of wound healing.

    All mammals will lick a wound and as gross as some find it, it would seem to have healthy benefits.

    (thanks to wikipedia for the above mouth full).
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