Although the saliva on dogs' tongues offers some antibacterial protections, calling a dog's tongue antiseptic is a stretch because antibacterial compounds are not the only things to be found in a dog's mouth. Harmful bac... More »

According to the American Society of Microbiology, antiseptics work by changing the pH of the environment of bacteria, making the environment inhabitable. Since microorganisms adapt to their environments, antiseptics hav... More »

Antiseptics are applied to the skin to reduce the possibility of infection. Common antiseptics include rubbing alcohol, boric acid, hydrogen peroxide and iodine. Commonly used in antiseptic towels, a family of substances... More »

Dogs pant and let their tongues hang out of their mouth to regulate their body temperature, because they have fewer sweat glands than humans. However, several other explanations exist as to why dogs hang out their tongue... More »

The saliva in a dog's mouth is thought to contain some antibiotic properties, but experts caution that microbes can still be transmitted from wound licking. PetMD concedes that while wound licking may occasionally aid he... More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs

A dog laps water up into its mouth by flipping up the tip of its tongue to capture the water, then pulling the tongue back into its mouth. The mechanism used by dogs to lap up water is the same employed by cats, albeit i... More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs

Methods of nail care for dogs includes trimming, massaging and grinding to keep dogs' nails from snagging and clicking on floor surfaces, notes Leisurely dogs require weekly nail care, while more active dogs o... More » Pets & Animals Pets Dogs