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Feb 11, 2015 - To a certain extent, it is normal for dogs to lick their paws
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A more recent study warns that because of the difference in bacterial flora (naturally occurring bacteria) in a dog’s mouth in comparison to human skin, it is not a good idea to allow dogs to lick human wounds for fear of a zoonotic disease resulting. (2)
Dec 5, 2016 - In other instances, dogs who lick frequently for no apparent reason may be suffering a gastrointestinal problem
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In some cases, the underlying cause is not a physical one but rather an emotional or behavioral one. For example, boredom could be a factor. Dogs that are used to being around a lot of people, when suddenly left alone or if kenneled for a long time, can start such licking. Another possibility is anxiety caused, for example, when a dog that is used to a very placid environment is suddenly exposed to a very confused or hectic one. Dogs sometimes have the tendency to lick their front legs, especially in the area of their wrists, often for no apparent reason
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Our dogs require consistency in their daily routines to remain happy and healthy. When that routine is disturbed, an emotionally sensitive dog can become upset and anxious. A new baby or a new pet in the family, or something simple such as a change in diet or altering the time you normally come home from work, can easily push some dogs into fits of anxiety and they'll lick their paws as a way to comfort themselves.Dogs sometimes have the tendency to lick their front legs, especially in the area of their wrists, often for no apparent reason. They sometimes lick and chew their front legs until the areas develop thick, scarred lumps with raw skin above them. These sores are called and veterinarians really don’t know why some dogs mutilate themselves this way.Remember that your dog is eager to please you and they may not be licking you just for the fun of it. Breaking your dog’s licking habit may be frustrating, but it can be done and sometimes even must be done.Ptooey! If your dog could speak, that’s what he’d say after tasting Yuk2e Anti-Lick Gel. You can apply this bitter-tasting, gel-based, non-toxic formula to your dog’s skin and coat and to other surfaces – including furniture -- to protect them from chewing, licking, and biting.Bandaging is not always practical for a dog's wounds, especially if the dog is active or is likely to get wet. Leg bandages can be covered with plastic bags that have been secured in place using nonirritating surgical tape. Wounds on a dog's trunk or abdomen, such as those resulting from shoulder or spay surgery, can be covered with clothing, such as a loosely fitting shirt or sweater designed for dogs, or even a child's T-shirt. Although clothing will not prevent stitches from getting wet and will not deter a dog determined to get to the wound, they provide an effective barrier that will discourage a dog from licking. You can help your veterinarian get to the root of the problem by providing a history of the licking behavior, including when it first appeared, how long it has been going on, specific situations where it’s most likely to occur, how long the episodes last and how your dog acts after an episode. In addition, it can be helpful to videotape the specific behavior; if possible, film your dog when you’re not around, to see if the behavior takes place all the time. Some dogs only perform repetitive behaviors around humans, because those behaviors have become conditioned responses. It will also help if you can describe the responses of people in your house to the behavior.