Does a dog's saliva really have the ability to kill bacteria?

Saliva, not only from dogs but also from a number of species, has been shown to promote wound healing.Saliva is a complex fluid, some of whose components produce anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects. These beneficial properties are not unique to dog saliva; they're probably true for most species.However, veterinarians do
 
<p>Saliva, not only from dogs but also from a number of species, has been shown to promote wound healing.</p><p>Saliva is a complex fluid, some of whose components produce anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects. These beneficial properties are not unique to dog saliva; they\'re probably true for most species.</p><p>However, veterinarians do not recommend you allow a dog to lick your wound. Dog saliva may have some beneficial factors, but a canine mouth can also harbour bacteria that can cause infections in humans. One bacterium in particular, Pasteurella multocida, has been shown to cause infections in people following dog bites - or from dogs licking people\'s wounds.</p>
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