Is My Dog Licking Too Much? When to Worry

Puppy kisses are a time-honored part of owning a dog. Every child has a dream of having their sweet dog run into their arms and lick their face. Unfortunately, licking is not always a happy part of your dog’s life, it can signify pain or discomfort.

Over licking is a sign your dog is experiencing problems and these problems need to be addressed before they become serious. Licking is the way a dog shows affection. Licking can is their way of cleaning themselves; it is their personal way of keeping themselves tidy.

Licking is also the way they scavenge for tasty tidbits their humans share with them. They lick humans they care about, the floors, each other, themselves, and any surface which might look exciting.

Dogs do not have the use of their arms as humans do, so they use their paws and licking instead.

Licking is an important part of a healthy dog’s day to day life. However, as important as licking can be, there are times when your dog shouldn’t lick. ‘When is licking not okay?’, you may wonder. ‘When does licking become a problem or even dangerous for your dog?’, is another great question.

Here are the warning signs to notice which should tell you when your dog might be over licking.

Smelling of spit

A normal amount of licking should not cause your dog to smell like spit, but excessive licking will. If your dog smells like spit it is highly likely they are over licking. But never overlook a bad-smelling dog, by just deciding it is licking too much.

If a dog smells like old cheese, it could have a serious problem called Canine Seborrhea which is a buildup on the dog’s skin. Canine seborrhea is incurable, but it can be treated with help from a veterinarian.

If your dog’s coat just smells like spit, it is most likely caused by over licking. The best plan to remedy the smell of a dog that over licks is by bathing your dog regularly. Try to discover if there are any odors or foods that might be causing your pet’s liking.

For many dogs licking is a method of soothing irritated skin or calming themselves. Try to eliminate the case of your pet’s tension.

Sores are a sign

One sign to look for to show if your dog is over licking is sore spots on the dog’s coat.

When a human has wet flesh, the skin will become sore and chapped, the dog’s skin is no different. Excessive licking will quickly cause your dog’s skin to become rough and irritated.

If you notice chapped, or irritated patches on your dog’s fur skin it could be over licking themselves. Dry spots will feel coarse and appears darker pink than the rest of the flesh, or even red and infected. It is also possible that the soars were not caused by over licking.

It is possible that the sores instead are the cause of your pets over licking. If your dog has a history of allergies, keep an eye out for skin problems.

Chewed patches

Raw patches on your dog’s skin is often an overtime problem. Raw patches often begin by your dog over licking. When a dog begins licking itself too much, it damages its skin.

Damaged skin becomes sore for your baby and they try to relieve their agony by biting their own flesh. But chewing is only temporary relief and the dog still itches, even after digging holes. If left alone, chewed patches can cause your fur baby to look unhealthy, and be unhealthy.

These patches are also terribly painful for your dog and can be so bad they bleed. Chewed patches on a dog’s skin can also lead to infection. Chewed patches are just one of the many reasons over licking is not okay.

Licking and chewing are terrible problems your dog may begin to display and should never be taken lightly.

Coughing or sneezing

If your dog seems to cough or sneeze a great deal, they could be having trouble caused by over licking. Hair buildup in their throat and lungs can cause buildup which will make it hard for the animal to breathe.

If your dog seems to be coughing more than normal it would be a good idea to check their fur for irritated spots. Never ignore your dog becoming more congested, it could be a sign that you need to change a few things.

Allergies can cause excessive licking

If your dog has trouble with food allergies, it is highly likely that they will lick themselves. Licking in the case of allergies is normally caused by the dog trying to find relief from itching flesh.

If your dog is prone to allergies of any kind, stay alert and look for signs of over licking. Also, try to watch for changes in your dog’s attitude and personality; if they are sore and itchy, they will often display signs.

Bad food can affect any consumer in unimaginable ways. People have been known to have trouble breathing, mood changes, itchy skin, and even cold symptoms due to allergies.

Allergy problems are also very real for your fur baby. Many dogs are allergic to foods or additives that are in their dog food.

Emotional conflict

If you have noticed your pet is over licking themselves, it is time to fix the problem. By eliminating the cause of your puppy’s tension, you can give them a happier life.

Maybe your dog is stressing, and licking is helping them cope, try to help them through their troubles. Dogs have problems just like humans. It is important to keep their mental health in mind while caring for your pet.

Perhaps your child has moved to college and the dog misses them. Maybe they have been forced to change rooms, or you have been working longer hours.

If your pet is feeling down, it could cause them to over lick. If emotional problems are not the cause of your dog’s over licking, consider other options.

Eventually, you will find the cause of your dogs licking, and then you will both be happier.

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