Should the owner survive if the dog constantly licks? Just note that sometimes there are reasons for worries, but in most cases, the pet’s strange habit is easily explained. All the owner needs to do is look at the situation a little wider and take into account all the symptoms and bells in the behavior of the ward.
Unusual pet behavior can be explained by several reasons. Licking always It is associated with intense salivation, and it is explained by behavioral or instinctive causes. If the cause is health problems, then the hyperactive work of the mucous membranes will be present in the symptomatic picture.
Licking like a natural reflex
If you put a plate of delicious food in front of you, you will feel that saliva is rapidly accumulating in your mouth and swallow it absolutely reflexively. When a dog smells food (and her sense of smell is stronger than yours), she does not only produce saliva. The work of all the mucous membranes of dogs is closely related, saliva is released and the nose becomes wetter. Absolutely reflex and without hesitation, the dog swallows saliva and licks its nose so that its wet "shell" is updated. The fact is that this mucous "grease" on the nose enhances the smell of dogs.
Note! When a dog yawns, it often instinctively licks its nose. The pet can also lick in a dream, since the activity of the mucous membranes is reduced, and the nose can dry out.
When your dog often licks or smacks his lips, make sure that he does not torment thirst. When kept on industrial feed, the dog should always have access to water, even when you are not at home. Thirst is very dangerous and painful, it is better to allocate a place under a voluminous bowl of water, but be sure that the pet will not wake up. The water in the bowl needs to be changed daily, and in the hot season several times a day. It is important that the plaque be thoroughly washed off the bowl. Make sure that the dog consumes enough water, as refusing it is a very serious and dangerous symptom.
Tip: If your pet drinks little, offer him filtered water. Four-legged with weak kidneys or their ailments instinctively avoid the consumption of "dirty" water.
A dog can often lick its face against stress, excitement, or impatience.. This is the emotional side of the issue, which has no particular effect on the health of the ward. In a state of excitement, all body systems work more actively, so the dog often licks his nose and swallows saliva.
Licking as a symptom
Frequent licking may indicate the presence of an ailment, but it can be detected only by assessing the condition of the dog as a whole. It is important for you to detect and correlate additional symptoms.
Licking after changing the type of food, with a stretch, but can be called the norm. Naturally, the type of food can not be changed dramatically, but if you do not have alternatives, provide your pet plenty of water and reduce stress. If you change the feed to a lower quality one or the diet is unusual, a dog may develop a food allergy. In addition to food allergies, a dog may develop a similar situation with dust, pollen, plastic, poor-quality bedding, etc. Non-food allergies are increasingly difficult to identify and eliminate. In addition to frequent licking, during an allergy in a dog there is:
- Swelling of the mucous membranes.
Important! When feeding a dog salty foods, licking indicates thirst. Try to avoid buying low-quality salted feed or keep your pet on a natural diet.
Dental problems also lead to frequent licking. Grinning teeth, pain, bleeding gums and any other problems lead to an unpleasant taste of saliva and bad breath. The dog often licks to improve smell and reduce stress.
Important! Any bacterial disease of the oral cavity is accompanied by an unpleasant odor from the mouth and frequent licking.
If you feel heartburn, the dog often licks its face to reduce discomfort and swallow saliva. If you know from experience what heartburn is, you understand that feeling is painful, and saliva becomes caustic with it. Try to regulate the dog’s diet, exclude from it fatty, fried, salty and spicy foods, cheap food and unverified treats.
Note! In some dogs, heartburn occurs when eating dry food, and if the granules are soaked, it does not feel discomfort.
With gastritis and similar ailments, the dog suffers from increased salivation, which leads to frequent licking. You need to understand that a large amount of saliva in this case is not a problem, because against the background of gastritis, acid production increases. which corrode the walls of the stomach.
Note! With nausea and vomiting, the dog often and very quickly licks its nose - this is a reflex.
Persistent licking, general depression, increased salivation, refusal, and nausea may indicate a hit a foreign object in the jaws of a dog’s digestive system. Pets often nibble sticks or out of interest can swallow a small object. If the sliver gets stuck in the teeth, and the swallowed one does not come out naturally, the dog will have consequences - inflammation of the oral cavity or obstruction of the intestine. Do you suspect that the dog swallowed something inedible? It is better to consult a doctor immediately!
Increased saliva is typical of poisoning. It should be understood that a dog can be poisoned even when at home, for example, household chemicals, insecticides, insect repellents, spoiled food, chocolate, etc. In addition to frequent licking, the symptoms of poisoning include:
- Vomiting, diarrhea (in some cases with blood).
- Decrease in body temperature.
- Increased salivation.
- Pallor or cyanosis of the mucous membranes.
Note! With non-food poisoning, the symptomatology of the development of the clinical picture is similar.
With pathologies of the genitourinary system, liver or gall bladder, increased saliva production is almost always present in the list of symptoms. The difficulty is that at the stage of licking the muzzle other symptoms are almost invisible. The picture of the development of the disease becomes clearer when the condition worsens. If you are worried about frequent licking of the muzzle and suspect one of the pathologies, it is worth following:
- Behind the frequency of urination.
- The ratio of the volume of water and urine.
- The color of the mucous membranes.
When removing all of the above reasons, the veterinarian may suggest neurological or psychological problems. Normally, the dog may lick under stress or agitation, but if any attention to the side of the dog causes increased saliva, we can safely talk about the increased excitability of the pet.
Behavioral licking - how to identify and what to do?
It is believed that tetrapods with a dependent character lick their lips more often. This behavior is typical for puppies, adolescents and adult dogs with a weak mentality. From the point of view of dog handlers, frequent licking is a sharply negative factor, since the four-legged is harder to learn and its reactions are difficult to predict.
With the standard development of the situation, "decadence" in front of the owner one day and for no apparent reason, is replaced by sharply dominant behavior. Naturally, the dog’s zeal is suppressed, which leads to severe depression. Given the consequences, experts recommend correcting the behavior of the dog from a very young age, most often, the neurotic dog is suspended from work in certain, annoying conditions.
Important! Before talking about behavioral or mental problems, you need to make sure that the dog is healthy. A full examination will not be superfluous, but if you can not afford such expenses, you should at least show the pet to the doctor and take a blood test.
After making sure that the licking has only behavioral motives, consult with specialists about behavior correction or try using one of the popular methods. The most popular method is distraction - they saw that the dog began to lick its lips, throw a ball at it or call it to itself. Very often, dogs lick themselves out of boredom. Less often, bored, the pet licks objects in the house or people. Try to ensure the full leisure of the pet - play on walks, provide the ward with toys while he is at home.