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Why is dog saliva so tenaciously slimy?

Asked by Coloma (47115points) August 7th, 2016

What makes dog saliva so impossibly slimy, like slug or snail slime, it’s residue just doesn’t want to wash off.
Cats and other animals do not have the same slime factor.
I can wash out a bucket one of the horses just ate their grain from, licking it clean and there is no residue whatsoever. What is it about dog saliva that makes it so resistant to being washed off dog bowls?

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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Maybe it is the food that the dog eats.

chyna's avatar

The better to slime you with! And the drool strings are even better when they shake their jowels and a big string lands on the TV screen.

canidmajor's avatar

Well, nice to know that my gag reflex is working just fine, @chyna!

I think it’s to make us understand that anything they lick becomes theirs, and mere mortals have lost the rights to it forever.

Coloma's avatar

Haha, you guys…but..seriously, there must be some chemical thing going on, you can wash and wash and wash dog dishes and they still feel slimy.

syz's avatar

It’s the proteins and enzymes that occur naturally in saliva that give it its “heft”.

Lightlyseared's avatar

They don’t drink enough water.

gondwanalon's avatar

Dogs typically do a lot of panting to cool off. Cooling takes place as the water in the saliva in the mouth evaporates. As the water in the saliva evaporates, the saliva becomes more concentrated or thicker or as you say so tenaciously slimy.

Coloma's avatar

@gondwanalon That makes sense, thanks!

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