New study shows excessive licking could mean stomach problems

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Excessive licking could mean stomach or intestinal pain

Does your dog spend a lot of his/her time licking? Many dogs use licking for a variety of reasons, including displays of affection, cleaning, tasting, and more. However, if you find your dog is licking things including themselves, surfaces around them or objects constantly, there may be a medical reason for this behaviour. Excessive licking could mean infection, pain parasites, allergies or skin discomfort or behavioural disorders.

A new study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, showed that dogs who displayed excessive licking were over 70% more likely to have gastrointestinal problems than dogs who didn’t have any tummy trouble.

While many pets have their own habits and quirks, keep track of your dog’s licking habits if you suspect they may be licking too much. Record the time of day, frequency and duration (how long) your dog is licking himself or objects and surfaces around him. Talking to your veterinarian will help you determine whether or not your dog should be examined for potential discomfort or an underlying medical condition.

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