posted on Mar, 20 2014 @ 08:57 PM
reply to post by Aleister
I knew that but had forgotten. If it were just me I'd let it heal naturally, but someone else is fretting. Hopefully the thing will heal up with help
from the guys own saliva, which makes a lot of sense.
Canine saliva does not heal anything...unfortunately, that is a myth. Actually, dogs' saliva can be teeming with bacteria from whatever the dog may
have chewed on or eaten recently. Dogs are typically given a plastic or fabric cone- "The Cone of Shame" -that stays around the neck, preventing
their mouths from being able to reach the wound. If that is not an option, there are colloidal bandages that will adhere to fur and there are many
things you can apply to the area that will make it taste bitter to them, possibly deterring the behavior.
It is a common misconception that the saliva of a dog contains any healing properties and if they continue to lick or chew at an area, preventing it
from healing, a serious infection can occur...they can develop septicemia very quickly and die. I was becoming concerned at the number of people who
were saying dogs have "antiseptic" properties in their saliva...they do not, and in fact can have lots of nasty bacteria between their teeth, etc.,
that can be fatal if it enters the bloodstream.
You state that it's a sore...do you mean like a blister or lesion? If it's something like a scratch or a cut, and you are reasonably certain it is
not infected (edges are pink, tissue is clean of fur and debris, no pus or foul smell coming from it are good signs), you can actually close it with
some good old-fashioned super glue. They can't chew it open and if it's closed, they can't smell it so they won't be drawn to it. Eventually, as
the wound heals, the glue will slough off along with the dead skin cells. We close minor cuts on humans like that all the time. It is sterile, and
works. If it's a lesion or pustule, you'll most likely have to get him the cone or bandage it so that he cannot reach it.