Jul 11, 2016 - Here's the truth about why dogs and cats lick

Dogs and cats may lick or chew under and around the tail for multiple reasons.
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Elizabethan collars, or more commonly known as e-collars, are often used in veterinary medicine and sometimes referred to as a cone, lampshade, or "the cone of shame" as in the movie UP. These cones are used to prevent dogs and cats from biting, scratching and licking wounds, incisions, or other injured areas. Cumbersome and sometimes uncomfortable for the pet, we now have new versions of this tool that are a nice alternative for many pets.
why do cats lick dogs?
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Itching is one of the most unpleasant sensations imaginable – and a cat’s or dog’s never-ending scratching, biting, and licking can seem nearly as aggravating. Watching your pet suffer with a chronic itch is an all-too-common experience facing pet parents these days. If your pet is constantly shaking their head, or scratching, rubbing, chewing or licking some area of skin, you can bet that there’s likely some agonizing itching going on. Left untreated, areas of itchy skin
become vulnerable to damage from your pet’s scratching or licking, to hot spots (areas of oozing, dry or inflamed skin), and even to secondary infections from bacteria. What may be causing the itch, and what can you do about it? South Boston Animal Hospital explains the many reasons behind why dogs and cats like to lick you.
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A certain level of scratching or licking is considered normal in all animals. Also, both cats and dogs groom themselves with their tongues. Therefore, it is important to determine whether your pet is scratching or licking excessively, or whether he or she is engaging in normal behavior.Domesticated dogs and cats lick each other—but they also lick their human owners—in the face, as well as on the hands and feet—who often wonder why. The reasons dogs and cats lick humans are similar, but there are also important differences. The image of an animal licking its wounds is often associated with anyone’s attempt to feel better after a metaphorical injury. But when dogs and cats are truly injured, allowing them to lick their wounds can do more harm than good.As is the case with dogs, sudden, excessive licking in cats can signal a medical problem. For example, it could mean there’s a skin irritation from fleas, an insect bite or an infection. If your cat’s licking behavior suddenly increases, and especially when the licking is confined to one area, contact your vet.First, let’s debunk the myth that cats are aloof and asocial. In fact (although cats tend to be more solitary than dogs) they are highly social animals who are just as capable of showing their owners affection as their canine counterparts. Cats, however, are not pack animals—for this reason, their licking does not signal submission. Here are the cats lick their owners:Dogs may lick our faces -- remember Lucy from "Peanuts" exclaiming, "Aaack, dog germs!" after a kiss from exuberant beagle Snoopy? -- but cats are more refined in their public displays of affection. When your cat licks you, usually after a mock-bite or firm grab with his paws, she's doing what her mother did during the early weeks of her life: providing a good cleaning that also speaks of caring and belonging. You've seen cats licking each other, helping in the grooming ritual, especially around the hard-to-reach ears and top of the head. But why is Kitty inspired to lick your arm or toes -- or even your hair? Here's what we've discovered.