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Licking, Excessive 

Herbal remedies for to reduce licking and allergy related responses in dogs and cats.

The complexity of the immune system requires a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated and herbal remedies provide nutritional and biochemical support for healthy immune response, to enhance the growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism for all types of arthritis, cancer and tumors, to protect healthy cellular response, to protect against invasion by potential allergens and pathogens, for most types of viral and bacterial diseases and diseases and for all types of inflammation and auto immune diseases.

If you observe your dog or cat excessively licking paws or other parts of its body, it  can be caused by a number of factors, such as allergies, fleas, and other skin irritations. However, it can also be due to pain or emotional issues such as boredom. This page looks at some common causes of excessive licking in dogs, and how natural remedies such as herbs, homeopathy, and supplements can help.

While it is normal for dogs and cats to lick themselves some times, but if the licking becomes excessive, it may be an indication of the presence of some underlying physical or emotional problems. Understanding the possible causes of excessive licking in dogs or cats is therefore important. If you cannot identify the cause of your dog's or cat’s excessive licking, it is advisable to take her to a vet for a check-up. Only by properly identifying and tackling the underlying cause can we stop our dog or cat from licking, chewing, and scratching himself excessively.

If your dog or cat is constantly licking herself, check to see if she has any skin problems caused by:

Allergies: Dogs with allergies have itchy skin and therefore tend to lick and chew their skin incessantly. If your dog starts licking after being exposed to some sort of allergens, such as antibiotics for the skin, chemicals, cigarette smoke, pollen, food (don't forget, dogs may also become allergic to their food), etc., then chances are she licks because the allergen is causing itch and discomfort to her skin.

Fleas: Flea bites can cause extreme itching to a dog, especially if the dog is allergic to flea bites. One way to alleviate the itchy feeling is by licking and scratching. If your dog is licking and scratching persistently, check to see if she has fleas.

Other Skin Irritations: Other skin irritations, such as mange, ringworm, hot spots, hives, etc., can also cause excessive dog licking. If you cannot find any skin irritations or problems that may have caused your dog's constant licking, here are other possibilities to consider:

Injuries and Pain: Dogs often lick when they are in pain. When they are injured, they lick the wounds to promote self-heal by boosting blood flow. Also, licking creates moisture, which produces a form of topical anesthesia when it evaporates. They also lick their sore spots even if there is no open wound (e.g. sore joints, a pulled muscle). If your dog licks a particular area excessively and persistently, check to see if he has a cut, bruise, or swelling.

Emotional Problems: A dog may start licking as a result of some emotional problems, such as boredom, anxiety, stress, etc. Over time, this licking behavior can develop into an obsession. In extreme cases, this may cause baldness and skin lesions to form.

Sometimes persistent and focused dog licking can cause hair loss, serious lesions and sores, resulting in a condition called lick granulomas (a.k.a. acral lick dermatitis).

Lick granulomas can lead to hard-to-heal infections that can be extremely painful.

If your dog continues to lick one specific part of his body excessively, pay careful attention and stop the licking before it causes damage.

Natural Diet: Some dogs or cats that are fed commercial dog foods develop allergies, which cause skin irritations and of course excessive licking and scratching. Feeding your dog a natural, wholesome diet free of artificial flavors and colors, with supplements added, can lessen the chance of developing skin irritations. Healthy wholesome food can also strengthen the dog's immune system, resulting in healthier skin and therefore less licking!

Regular Exercise: Regular exercise can make your dog healthy. Exercise can also stimulate the dog’s or cat’s brain, to release a lot of pent-up energy, and keep your animal happy. This will help stop the dog or cat from licking out of boredom or frustration.

Herbal Remedies:
Herbal remedies are used to address a licking habit out of anxiety or stress and to reduce stressful feelings, to address allergy (histamine) triggers that cause allergic reactions, to reduce emotional problems, such as boredom, anxiety, stress and to stop hair loss, sores and lesions related to excessive licking.

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