My Dog Licked My Eye What Should I Do?

By Tom •  Updated: 08/09/21 •  3 min read
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Dogs are known for some strange behaviors! These include rear scooting, eating things they shouldn’t, and licking! Some dogs even seem intent on licking their pet parents’ eyes! Can this be dangerous for the dog or their pet parent?

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Has your dog licked your eye? Are you worried that you or your dog could get sick from this? If so, then you’ve come to the right spot. We understand it can be concerning when a dog does something like this.

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In this article, we’ll take a look at why dogs may lick your eyes and whether or not this practice can make you or your dog sick. Let’s get started!

Why Do Dogs Lick Our Eyes?

There are many reasons that your canine companion may want to lick your eyes! Here are some of the most common reasons a dog may lick your eyes:

Grooming: some dogs have a strong urge to groom their pet parents. This could be because of the dog’s deep attachment. This may be the dog’s way of taking care of their pet parents and making sure they’re clean. After all, mutual grooming is a strong bonding mechanism between dogs!

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Wanting attention: it could be your dog is trying to get your attention. A dog that feels like he’s not getting enough love and attention may use this as a means to gain your attention fast! This could be due to separation anxiety, loneliness if the dog hasn’t been played with enough, and more.

Salty tears: if you’re crying, your dog may lick your eyes to get the salt in your tears. That’s because our tears contain a high amount of salt. Some dogs really love salt! Other times, your dog may realize that you’re upset in some way. He may try to lick your eyes to get rid of the tears and show you some love and affection. This is his way of trying to cheer you up.

Medical issues: your dog may also have an underlying health issue that causes him to lick your tears. This can include anything such as allergies. Some dogs also have a condition that causes them to lick obsessively. They may lick themselves, surfaces around the house, or even you and your eyes.

Can a Dog Licking Your Eyes Be Dangerous?

Yes, a dog licking your eyes can be dangerous. It’s usually more dangerous to you, however. That’s because the dog’s mouth may contain harmful bacteria that could lead to an infection. While this is rare, it has been known to happen.

And if your eye has been injured and has medication on it, this can also make the dog sick.

However, in most cases, you and your dog should be OK. Still, it’s best to discourage your dog from licking your eyes in order to prevent infections and other problems.

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Tom

Tom has always loved to write since he was little - he wanted to be either a writer or a veterinary doctor, but he ended up being a professional writer while most of his works are based on animals. He was born in San Francisco but later moved to Texas to continue his job as a writer. He graduated from the University of San Francisco where he studied biotechnology. He is happily married and a soon to be father!

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