My rescue mixed breed licks everything. I mean EVERYTHING. A lot. The floor, the couch, our other pets, us, the wall etc
She is spayed and in good health. She's a small dog, 12 lb. Part Dachshund and part Jack Russell. I told the vet how she constantly licks stuff, but he didn't seem concerned. It doesn't seem to bother her or make her sick. It's just... I don't know... weird.
on Oct 4th 2012
in Other Behavior & Training
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Do you know what kind of a life she had before you? Sometimes animals that have been confined in small spaces exhibit behaviors like your describing. They get so bored with their life that they find something to do like licking, swaying or spinning to name a few. I would try distracting her when she does it. Try getting her to focus on something else like a toy, trick or a treat. Depending on how long she's used to doing it, it might take a while to break her of it. Good Luck with her.
Jax (earned her wings 5/30/12) answered on 10/4/12. Helpful? / 1
I found these following diagnoses while researching on excessive licking behavior:
1. Diseases that cause nausea or gastrointestinal discomfort (e.g. liver disease, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal lymphosarcoma)
2.Dental or oropharyngeal pain or discomfort
3.Adrenal disorders (hypoadrenocorticism or hyperadrenocorticism may cause excessive licking because of nausea, electrolyte disturbances, or polyphagia)
4.Appetitive behavior (possibly as a result of mild polyphagia)
5.Primary central nervous system disturbances (e.g. hydrocephalus, brain neoplasia, partial motor seizures)
7.Conflict- or frustration-induced displacement behavior
10.Initial examination and diagnostic
Other than these I found few reasons why a dog would lick everything:
1.Canine cognitive dysfunction
4. Abnormal repetetive behavior.