Curious, exploratory puppies and often harmful little creatures – often put their mouths on anything and everything. If you notice that a small dog has a tendency to lick lick his opponents, it is important to take note. Excessively, this behavior may indicate a healthy illness.
What causes these signs associated with licking in dogs?
There are many medical reasons that cause your dog to lick the genital or anal areas continuously. Here are some of the most common problems:
- Urinary tract infection. Dogs with cystitis may lick the penis or vulva for a long period of time after urinating, or they may lick between removals. They may urinate frequently and may find it difficult to urinate. Often, they feel the urgent need to urinate and produce very little urine. Bladder infection is fairly common and is caused by bacteria that usually respond to antibiotic therapy. Both oral and injectable antibiotics are easily available and are very effective in treating bladder infections. Adding special supplements or diets to the treatment regimen may alter the environment in the bladder and help prevent recurring infections. If the upper or kidney urinary system is infected, treatment may continue for a long time. Laboratory tests including urine analysis, urine implantation, and blood work will help determine the best course and length of treatment.
- Allergy. Inhaled or food allergies can cause itching in the genital area. When food allergies are the culprit, itching occurs throughout the year while inhaled allergies may be seasonal depending on which plants or trees are pollinated. Avoiding allergens will reduce licking. For example, allergic dogs should walk inhalation in the early morning and late evening when the dew on the ground reduces pollen in the air. After leaving, the dog’s foot, stomach, and other areas in contact with the ground should be cleaned with a wet towel or baby piece to remove some pollen attached to the hair. The dog may not be completely free of pollen, but the amount of pollen that can reduce the inhaled exposure can be reduced. Food allergy occurs when the dog is sensitive to proteins or other molecules in the food. This sensitivity is controlled by feeding the dog an allergic diet with unique natural proteins (lamb, salmon, kangaroo, rabbit, etc.) or man-made proteins that the dog has not been exposed to. Both nutritional and inhaled allergies may require medical treatment as well as avoidance therapy. Modifications and anti-inflammatory drugs are available that provide safe, effective, and long-term relief for allergies without the side effects of steroids.
- Skin infection. The presence of bacteria and yeast on the skin is normal; however, if it appears excessively, or if the skin barrier is unhealthy, or if the dog has weakened immunity, an infection may occur. Bacterial or yeast infections of the skin can be itchy and cause the affected area to lick constantly. Red blisters or bumps usually indicate a bacterial infection and warrant antibiotic treatment. Unpleasant odor or discoloration of the skin may indicate yeast infection that requires additional treatment. Both bacterial and yeast infections usually respond better when adding topical treatment in the form of shampoo or treatment wipes to the oral treatment regimen.
- Anal gland effect. Dogs have two anal glands, leftover odor glands, located near the rectum. These glands are filled with an unpleasant odor liquid and emptied themselves when they are pressed by the muscles of the rectum during the bowel movement. When working normally, pets and their owners do not realize that the anal glands are present; however, when the anal glands become full, they become easily visible. The affected glands produce a harmful smell, and the anal area may swell and irritate. In response to irritation, the dog may lick the rectal area or exhale and exfoliate the anus on the floor. Evacuating the swollen anal glands usually solves the problem, so contact your veterinarian to make an appointment. Left unchanged, a jam may occur when the fluid becomes too thick to flow through the narrow opening of the rectum. Meditation often leads to injury. Severe infections may lead to the formation of an abscess that bursts through the skin to the external area around the anus. This infection requires topical and oral antibiotic treatment. Pain relievers and warm water may relieve discomfort. Repeated infection may require surgical removal of the glands.
Dogs will always lick and maybe nice when they lick your face. It might be nice when they lick an ice cream cone. However, it is never pleasant when they lick their own organs. If your dog licks too much, see your vet for help. Appropriate medical treatment can reduce both the inconvenience of the dog as well as your embarrassment.
Although enuresis is most common in elderly canines, it is also possible in small dogs, including puppies – especially those with birth defects. Urinary incontinence is a potential problem for dogs of all different age groups. One of the main indicators of loss of bladder control is seeming mania and licking of the genital area non-stop – the penis in male dogs, and vulva in female dogs. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to check status, Stat.
Excessive puppy licking, whether from the genital area or something else, maybe a sign of coercion. Fangs often turn into obsessive and compulsive behavioral patterns as a way to deal with emotional problems, whether isolation, carelessness of owners, lifestyle changes, conflict with other household pets, or insufficient socialization experiences and interaction. If you have ink that your puppy licking may be related to stress in one way or another, find out what you can do to help create a more stable, comfortable and happy environment for him, whether you spend more time playing with him or offering him “safe” away from other pets If you are unable to determine the cause of his behavior after trial and error, a qualified pet behavior specialist may be able to help you – and your dog – overcome this dilemma in flying colors.