Licking: how to resolve the compulsion?

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Does your pet lick its paws all the time to the point of making a wound on the spot? Know that this is a problem faced by many tutors. Below we explain what is the psychogenic licking and how to take care of your pet.

Excessive licking, usually on the paws (but also on other parts of the body, such as the tail), causes a skin lesion on the spot. The origin of this licking may be due to pain or discomfort (such as inflammation or even bone changes) or itching that the animal has in place (of an allergic and infectious cause). However, it is often due to emotional disorders (psychogenic licking).

After so much licking, the place ends up being hairless, very red and sensitive. The constant habit of licking, which some dogs and cats have, prevents the lesion from healing. This “disorder” of behavior can occur for several reasons: separation anxiety, boredom, loneliness, change of routine, change of environment, introduction or loss of some animal, little stimulation, sedentary lifestyle, etc.

How do I perceive that my pet licks its paws excessively?

The habit of licking is normal for dogs and cats since puppies, when the mother licks them as a form of affection and even hygiene. However, when the animal begins to repeat this behavior itself repeatedly and whenever something bothers it, it can be dangerous. This is because repetitive licking can cause skin damage, in addition to being a sign that something is not going well with the dog.

Among the signs of compulsion to lick are: change in the color of the hair in the region (a rust color) due to the acidity of the saliva, hair loss, sore and redness in the affected region.

What to do to help the pet?

First it is essential to have the guidance of a veterinarian to give the correct diagnosis of the case. This is because it is the specialist who will tell you if the pet has a lick dermatitis or not. If it is a skin problem, for example, treatment should include the use of antiallergic, anti-inflammatory or even antibiotics, in addition to the use of Elizabethan necklaces (cone) to prevent access to the area until the lesion begins to heal.

In this case, the recommendation is to associate the Balance Supplement, from Botica Pets, which helps in the repair of the skin and healing of the place. The formula contains bioactive compounds, that is, the “most interesting part” of natural ingredients such as carrots (source of antioxidants, vitamin A and carotenoids, which stimulate tissue reconstitution, assisting in the treatment of dermatitis), chlorella (rich in chlorophyll, improves pet immunity, promotes detoxification of the organism and stimulates the growth and recovery of tissues) and acerola (contains vitamin C, which increases resistance to infections and facilitates the formation of collagen, improving healing).

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And when does dog licking become a compulsion?

If the cause of pet licking is emotional, you need to understand what the source of the problem: separation anxiety? Boredom? Loneliness? Change of routine? In all cases, creating alternatives that help the dog to be well alone will help a lot. In this sense, physical and mental stimuli are very important.

Here are some tips

Tour: if you need to leave the dog alone for a long time, remember to walk him before leaving the house. A walk of about 30 minutes will make the dog spend energy on the street and, when he gets home, he will be less agitated. Know that walks are important and should be done daily, even if your pet has a yard available.

Toys rotation: one of the most common mistakes is always leaving the same toy for the pet when leaving. The novelty is always interesting, so make a rotation of toys every week.

Hide rewards: hiding snacks around the house before you leave can help too. The dog will be focused on seeking the rewards and time will go by faster.

Ambient sound: when leaving, leave the television or the sound turned on, at a volume not too high, to distract the pet from the noises outside the house.

In addition to improving the pet’s routine, with the inclusion of regular walks and enriching the environment in which it lives, it is important to accompany a veterinarian to assess the evolution of the fur. Allied to this, many professionals resort to substances that help in the emotional control of pets, reducing anxiety, fear and excessive agitation to treat anxiety.

Considered a natural tranquilizer, passion fruit has anxiolytic properties (acting against irritability and hyperactivity). It also improves the pet’s concentration for training and performing exercises. In addition, it is a source of vitamins A, C and the B complex.

However, this plant and its fruit should not be offered to dogs directly, as food, but through supplements. Many people think that it is the fruit that helps to calm down, it is from the leaf that we get the benefits. They assist in the treatment of anxiety symptoms.

Therefore, you can count on the Passion Fruit Formula, by Botica Pets. It has in its formula, three functional ingredients: Passionflower, artichoke extract and beer yeast. Together, they offer all the comfort your pet needs, in a natural way and in ideal therapeutic doses for pets. Meet the supplement!

The Passion Fruit supplement helps control pets’ excessive agitation and anxiety. This happens through a natural compound and without contraindication. The formula has a great effect on the emotional balance of stressed, socialized and fearful dogs and cats.

Sold ready in the form of toothpicks (treats), tablets or powder. Talk to Botica Pets veterinarians to better understand the benefits of each of these ingredients.

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