There are some health issues that your dog may be experiencing if they consistently, and frequently, lick specific areas of their body.
If they feel something strange in their mouth, like a gum injury or a chipped tooth, they will try to lick that spot to see if it helps ease the pain or strange feeling. Gingivitis or other forms of dental disease can cause this reaction, also. An upset stomach, or eating something that didn’t agree with them, is another cause of this reactionary licking. Queasiness can also cause abnormal and excessive licking of surfaces, such as carpets, couches, or other upholstery – anything to get rid of that yucky taste in their mouth!
If they’re consistently licking their skin, especially in one certain area, it could point to several concerns. If the area they’re licking is reddened, missing hair, warm to the touch, or just doesn’t look right…it’s time to give us a call and set up an appointment. Most common skin infections are caused by allergens in the environment – they can lead to additional skin infections that may require more comprehensive treatment. Skin issues typically don’t “take care of themselves”, they just get worse.
If the area they’re licking does not seem abnormal, this may be a sign of arthritis, or joint pain. Something to take note of, so if they do start to develop mobility issues, you can let the vet know that they had been licking in a certain area for a while before any other signs developed.
Licking may also indicate some behavioral issues, such as boredom, anxiousness, or discomfort. Licking at the air may be a sign of a neurological or compulsive disorder. If combined with general confusion, disrupted or unusual sleep/wake cycles, being withdrawn, or other behaviors that are unusual for your dog, then it’s time to call the vet, and set up a consult. Behavioral issues are far beyond the scope of this Staff Chat, and are important enough to discuss with a professional.
We hope that this brief chat helped answer some of your questions relating to licking. If you have further questions, or it’s time to set up an appointment due to concerns that licking may be indicating a health issue, we’re just a phone call or an email away!
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