By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
All dogs lick, but some dogs lick in excess. In these situations, there is often a medical or behavioral reason for the licking. Here are nine reasons dogs lick excessively.
Medical Reasons Dogs Lick
1. Allergies – A dog may lick their skin because it itches from allergies
2. Infections – Infections with bacteria, fungus or parasites are itchy and can make dogs lick excessively
3. Pain – Underlying pain from arthritis, for example can make a dog licks its joints
4. Gastrointestinal issues – Occasionally dogs that lick strange surfaces (but not usually itself) will have underlying GI issues
If a cause is thought to be medical, a consultation with your veterinarian is needed find a solution that helps your dog.
Behavioral Reasons Dogs Lick
By Chryssa Rich, Marketing Programs Associate for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance
Before joining Pets Best Insurance, Patricia worked as a vet tech at an emergency clinic. Last Labor Day weekend, a Good Samaritan brought in a cute little dog who was badly injured – most likely the result of having been hit by a car.
When injured dogs and cats come in without owners, veterinary staff typically keep them as comfortable as possible while trying to locate the owners and determining how much treatment can be afforded. But when no microchip was found on this little guy, Patricia felt she had to step in. “His little face was just riddled with pain. Since no one was claiming him and I couldn’t stand to see him like that, I asked if I could take responsibility so he could have medical care,” she explained. She named him Moe, due to the Mohawk of fur that runs down his back.
Moe recovering in his new home.
1. Pets encourage physical activity
Dogs and cats of all ages give us reason to get off the couch and move. Whether you’re dangling ribbon for a cat, sprinting around the dog park with a puppy or taking a leisurely stroll with a senior dog, pets contribute to a more physically active lifestyle.
2. Pets can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and cholesterol levels
Pet owners often find that after a long or stressful day, coming home to a purring cat or playful pup is all it takes to relax and live in the moment. Many studies suggest that the simple act or petting an animal or hearing a cat purr can lower your blood pressure and regulate and slow your heart rate. The benefits of these changes include reduced risk of stroke, heart attack and heart disease.
3. Pets increase opportunities for socialization
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider Pets Best Insurance.
About the boxer dog
Height: Male 22.5”-25”; Female 21”-23.5”
Weight: Male 65-80 lbs; Female 50-65 lbs
Life Span: 8-10 years
Coat: Short and straight
Color: Brindle, Fawn or White
Energy Level: High
Is a boxer the right dog breed for you?
The Boxer is typically bred for a stable temperament and is generally good with children. They can be aloof around strangers and are good watchdogs, but also love human contact. They are high energy and require daily exercise and play sessions to stay mentally challenged. Boxers are very intelligent, somewhat independent and possess great strength and stamina. They can have a well developed prey drive, making off-leash activities ill advised. They have low grooming needs. Boxers don’t tolerate extremes in temperatures well.
Meet Zoey, an adorable six month old French bulldog. Zoey came to play with us at the Pets Best Insurance booth at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual conference held this past weekend in Chicago.
Still a puppy, this frenchie loved to lick and nibble people’s feet. She also enjoyed laying on her back and attempting to bite her leash while doing so!
We love the sassy, playful nature of frenchies. What do you love about frenchies?
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