Veterinary Highlights: Excessive Licking Of Surfaces

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. I always believed that and my experiences didn’t prove me otherwise. When I’m facing a problem or strange behavior, I am extremely reluctant to write it off as a behavioral issue. I always want to look for a physical cause.

When a behavioral or an emotional issue is diagnosed, how is it treated? With chemicals.

When I was reading Four Paws, Five Directions, some of the concepts really resonated with me. They were making a connection between physical and emotional/behavioral. My dog nutrition course is also making similar connections.

Excessive Licking Of Surfaces

That’s why I was quite excited to see that it has been discovered that excessive licking of surfaces (ELS) by dogs may not be a behavioral problem after all.

Researchers now believe that ELS (excessive licking of just about anything, such as floors, carpeting, furniture …) could simply be a clue that something else is up. A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior discovered that 14 of the 19 dogs presenting with ELS included in the study were in fact suffering from GI disorders, ranging from giardiasis, chronic pancreatitis, and other disorders.

How many more connection is there that we are missing?

We often complain that our dogs can’t talk. Maybe it’s just that we don’t know how to listen.

This only confirms my belief. If you have a problem, look for a physical reason. If you don’t find one, keep looking.

Source article:
Excessive licking of surfaces by dogs may not be a behavioral problem, but a clue to something more

Further reading:
Gastrointestinal disorders in dogs with excessive licking of surfaces

Categories: ConditionsExcessive licking of surfacesInflammatory bowel disease (IBD)Pancreatitis

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Jana Rade

I am a graphic designer, dog health advocate, writer, and author. Jasmine, the Rottweiler of my life, was the largest female from her litter. We thought we were getting a healthy dog. Getting a puppy from a backyard breeder was our first mistake. Countless veterinary visits without a diagnosis or useful treatment later, I realized that I had to take Jasmine's health care in my own hands. I learned the hard way that merely seeing a vet is not always enough. There is more to finding a good vet than finding the closest clinic down the street. And, sadly, there is more to advocating for your dog's health than visiting a veterinarian. It should be enough, but it often is not. With Jasmine, it took five years to get a diagnosis. Unfortunately, other problems had snowballed for that in the meantime. Jasmine's health challenges became a crash course in understanding dog health issues and how to go about getting a proper diagnosis and treatment. I had to learn, and I had to learn fast. Helping others through my challenges and experience has become my mission and Jasmine's legacy. I now try to help people how to recognize and understand signs of illness in their dogs, how to work with their veterinarian, and when to seek a second opinion. My goal is to save others the steep curve of having to learn things the hard way as I did. That is the mission behind my blog and behind my writing. That is why I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, which has turned out being an award-winning guide to dog owners. What I'm trying to share encompasses 20 years of experience.

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