What’s in Dog Saliva

Talking about what’s in dog saliva, let’s take out time to give a brief introduction to dog saliva.

Introduction on Dog Saliva- What’s in Dog Saliva?

Dog saliva is transparent slightly sticky fluid synthesized and discharged by the salivary glands in the mouth.

Dog’s saliva is 99.5% water plus electrolytes, mucus, leukocyte, antimicrobial agents, and enzymes

what's in dog saliva

Benefits of Dog Saliva

The saliva in dogs has certain benefits.

Some of them include;

Dog saliva has some antibacterial and antimicrobial effects.- Dog saliva is effective against Escherichia coli (E. coli), and evenStreptococcus canis which is zoonotic
Some of the enzymes in the saliva are important in initiating the digestion of starches and fats.
Some other enzymes also play a role in degrading food particles hanging within dental areas, thus preventing dental diseases.
Saliva also performs a lubricating function, making food wet and facilitating swallowing, and also preventing oral desiccation (dry)
Dog saliva also plays a role in taste

Dog Saliva disease symptoms

There are symptoms of saliva disease in dogs and they include;

Xerostomia- Characterized by dry mouth
Ptyalism– Characterized by drooling of saliva
Salivary mucocele (or sialocele)Characterized by an accumulation of saliva in the submucosal or subcutaneous tissues and swelling
Salivary gland tumorsCharacterized by swelling and tumor around the mandible

What Disease Can You Get from Dog Saliva

As humans, we must be very careful as there are certain diseases that can be gotten from dog saliva.

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Some of them include;

Capnocytophaga canimorsus infection

Dog Saliva in Eye and Mouth

It doesn’t have any significant dangerous effect provided the dog is healthy.
But if it’s an unhealthy dog the eyes might be seriously infected, because of some bacteria in the saliva.
Hence it is advisable to rinse the eyes with normal saline and see a doctor immediately.
If the saliva is swallowed provided the dog is healthy and the person who also swallowed is healthy, then there is no significant dangerous effect.
But if the above is not the case, then an immediate visit to the doctor is necessary.

Dog Saliva Bacteria

Bacteria present in dog saliva include;
Capnocytophaga canimorsus
Staphylococcus spp
Porphyromonas spp
Solobacterium spp
Streptococcus spp
Haemophilus spp
Corynebacterium spp
Cellulosimicrobium spp

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