Ask an expert

17 Jan 2006

Why do dogs like licking themselves and when is it too much
Hey there,

I have a dog who is a bit shy, quiet and not very hyper. But she is constantly licking herself especially her legs - back and front legs and she likes licking me too!

Is this just her nature or could there be an underlying health reason?

Should I discourage her or is it a harmless habit?
Answer 317 views

01 Jan 0001

In some dogs this is simply a habit. It may also indicate allergy, and then very often there will be some redness or inflammation of the skin. It is difficult to give you an absolute answer. Do discourage her from leaking you.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.