I've heard that one reason dogs lick their owners is for the salt on our skin.
Further, I've heard that salt is a relatively rare substance in nature, i.e. wolves probably don't get much salt in the wild. This is part of the reason that it tastes so good to us, it's rare enough that we are biologically wired to get as much as we can. Thus, I imagine most wild animals have low daily salt requirements.
The modern human diet is very salt heavy. I imagine we've developed a moderate resistance to salt over the millennia and had higher salt needs all along because we sweat salt, which I understand is rather unusual for animals. This salt we sweat out stays on our skin where our pets can lick it off.
Dogs probably have lower salt needs that humans because they don't sweat. However, they probably have higher daily salt intake than most wild animals because they evolved to live around humans and our salty foods. Do dogs get a significant portion of their daily salt from their owners?
tldr; are we mobile salt licks for our pets?