Click here to learn more.
dogs aren’t known for their discriminating taste buds. They’ll lick practically anything — including the ear cavities of other pups.
According to Dr. Amy Pike, DVM, of Veterinary Behavior Consultations in St. Louis, Mo., both dogs could potentially be at risk.
dog being licked has an
ear infection, and is being treated with topical medication, it could cause the
dog doing the licking to get an upset stomach, due to ingestion of the medication,” says Dr. Pike, although she adds that such treatments usually aren’t poisonous.
If the dog being licked doesn't have an
ear infection, he may wind up with one.
According to Dr. Pike, the saliva from the other dog's mouth could lead to a continually moist ear, which is “a nice environment for yeast and bacteria to flourish.” This can cause
otitis externa, an external
If a dog engages in this behavior frequently, he may have a
compulsive disorder that requires veterinary attention. (The dog being licked should also be examined by a veterinarian for signs of an
“He may need more environmental enrichment, something like a long-lasting chew to keep him occupied,” suggests Dr. Pike. “If the licking is truly a compulsive disorder, behavior modification and psycho-pharmacologic intervention may be necessary.”
There's also another option: the dreaded Elizabethan cone. According to Dr. Pike, sometimes a physical barrier is enough to help interrupt the obsessive behavior.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
Lifetime has tapped the Parks and
Recreation star to provide Tardar Sauce’s
voice for an upcoming Christmas movie.
A Good Samaritan found Gidget, a Jack
Russell Terrier from Philadelphia,
wandering near Portland, Oregon.
Animal Planet's Victoria Stilwell strongly
opposes breed bans — they don't stop
dog bites and lead to…
With 40,000 animals poached each year
for the ivory trade, it might not be long
before elephants disappear…
These pets can't wait for the season's
cool weather, beautiful autumn foliage
and (of course) plentiful leaf piles.
When Rafael Mantesso and his wife split,
he was left with an empty house and his
beautiful Bull Terrier, Jimmy Choo.
We asked the pros what it takes to get a
cat recognized as an official breed in the
United States, Canada and the U.K.
When she's not curled in your lap, the affectionate and elegant Birman will gladly play fetch or chase a ball.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.