Could Excessive Licking Be a Red Flag for Disease?

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

dog excessive licking of surfaces

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  • Dogs who develop an obsession with licking surfaces (e.g., floors, carpets, walls, furniture, his owner’s legs, hands, or arms), called “excessive licking of surfaces” (ELS) often have a gastrointestinal disorder

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