PetMeds® How to Reduce Your Dog or Cat’s Excessive Licking

Another common question often presented by clients is why their dogs or cats most commonly lick so much. In many cases it is not themselves they are licking, but objects around them, including the furniture, bedding, floors, walls, as well as even the owners’ physical bodies. While most of the time, there is no underlying pathologic or disease answer for this unwanted behavior, I will often instruct clients to interrupt the unwanted behavior with a noxious stimulus such as shaking a coffee can full of coins, or spraying their pet with a water pistol. Shaking a can of coins or using a water gun may help discourage pets from excessive licking

Hopefully over time the pet will learn to associate the noxious stimulus with the licking behavior and then learn to stop the licking. In other cases I will make sure the pet is on a good natural diet such as Eat Great. Be Well, Wysong or Pet Guard, as my favorite commercial pet foods. I will make sure they are on a good multivitamin like Super Vitachews, as well as good probiotic and/or enzyme such as NaturVet Enzymes & Probiotics or Fast Balance. If the behavior escalates and is truly interfering with a pet’s daily living routine, there are prescription pet meds that are used for obsessive compulsive behaviors such as Amitriptyline or Clomipramine that some veterinarians will use. Be Serene is a natural combination flower essence that can also help if this behavior is stressed based. Other holistic modalities such as acupuncture or homeopathy can also play a role in treatment for those clients who prefer more natural methods of treatment.

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  1. I have a British Bulldog , he is not fixed. It happens that he swings by himself and comes all over the floor. Today ,he came with so much blood instead of sperm. Also, I’ve noticed that he’ve got abdominal rush and he smells more that usually. Is it something serious ?What could it be?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMay 31, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    In intact male dog, I am always concerned about prostate infection given your description. I would bring him in for vet exam and urine analysis, rectal exam to assess prosate, etc to start.

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