Without exception, all dog owners, when opening the front door of the house where their pet is waiting, anticipate the wild joy and the infinite amount of “kisses” that their four-legged friend will give them head to. Feet.
Why does the dog lick the owner? Does it mean unlimited love or something deeper? Let’s solve it, and let’s start with the origins.
The first kiss of this type is received by a newborn puppy from his mother, who, with his tongue and muzzle, removes the remains of the membranes and mucus, cleans the airways, and helps to start breathing independently. During the puppy’s first weeks of life, he licks them thoroughly, treating impurities and keeping the coat and skin clean, eliminating pathogens that the puppy’s weakened immune system couldn’t cope with.
During the games, the cubs begin to lick, as well as their mother, seeking attention and care and confirming the kinship, the unity of the pack. These memories remain until the end of life.
After appearing in a human home, dogs begin to lick their loved ones, especially the owner, giving him preference over the rest of the family. Dogs can also begin to selflessly lick you in the presence of other people, letting them know that you are their property. This rather amusing sight touches all eyewitnesses.
You have probably often noticed that when you first met the dog, you carefully sniffed it and then licked it once. This way, it takes you to its “base” of smells and flavors. Thanks to the receptors of the dog’s tongue and nasal cavity, the next time it will be quickly recognized, “connecting” in this way with a kiss.
If your dog has become more loving recently, it is worth considering, and maybe something is bothering him. You must find the reason for this behavior. This can be a manifestation of jealousy over the appearance of new animals or replacements in the family, but it can also be an alarming sign.
If you notice that the animal is licking a part of its body, it should be given due attention.
Generally, by licking animals, they “heal” their wounds, which, however, can heal faster thanks to the action of a bactericidal agent: the lysozyme contained in saliva. However, do not let this happen by accident, and the best option would be to consult a specialist who discovers the cause of the pathology and helps to eliminate it. Although saliva contains a substance that inhibits the growth of bacteria, the mechanical effects of the tongue and snout can only increase the area of damage and introduce new pathogens that live in the oral cavity.
The owner must be alerted if the animal is bored in the corner of the room and monotonously sucks its paw. We must distinguish the bad habits of animals to which they are subjected due to insufficient exercise and the signs of a disease of appearance. Then, the animal can postpone its paw, which gives it an unpleasant sensation. This can be a glow from a walk in the woods or painful itching due to allergies. In such situations, contact a specialist as soon as possible and resolve the problem that worries the animal
If you notice that your dog constantly licks something under the tail, this can be considered the norm and pathology. The norm is the period of heat in the non-castrated females, which, when clean, take care of themselves. If you are sure that the rutting period has passed and the animal continues to lick constantly, while the general condition of the dog also worsens (it becomes more lethargic and lethargic, appetite decreases), you should show it to the doctor. This can be a symptom of a problem in the reproductive system, from vaginitis to uterine inflammation.
If, during such activity, you observe a man, this is always a cause for concern. Unpleasant sensations are usually caused by inflammatory processes in the foreskin or pathology of the testicles of uncastrated males. Uncastrated animals that are psycho-emotionally unstable and smell female can also fall into that state.
It is also worth keeping a schedule of taking anthelmintic medications and cleaning the pararenal glands in dogs, as similar symptoms in the form of skating on the carpet over the priest and licking “under the tail” can speak of helminthic invasion or inflammation of the perianal glands that produce a secret with a strong individual odor.
Pay daily attention to the peculiarities of your pet’s behavior, observe the spontaneous changes in their reactions. When you demonstrate that your pet’s behavior is unusual for him, think: perhaps this is an occasion to contact a vet.