Psychological factors - These may include stressors such as separation anxiety, boredom or stress. In some cases, canine obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) develops, in these cases the licking causes the release of endorphins leading to the pet repeating the behavior. Allergies - Allergies can be triggered by diet, parasitic reaction or environment. The itching can cause repeated licking for relief, leading to the acral lick granuloma occurring. Pain - Pain from underlying conditions such as fractures, osteoarthritis or trauma may cause a dog to lick constantly as a form of relief.
We recommend a range of anti-anxiety products that could help relax your pet thereby reducing the need to constantly lick themselves. You can also refer to our Anxiety section in Ailments for a detailed insight and to know more about products that may aid you. You can also use certain non-toxic formulations that are meant to discourage licking and facilitate healing (please see below). The use of e-collars is also recommended to allow wounds, if any, to heal, and to discourage licking. Protective shoes can also aid in this aspect. You can also apply organic, 100% natural healing balms to expedite healing.