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Why Do Dogs Lick Themselves?

Dogs scratch, lick, and chew themselves for various reasons. The behavior could be a sign of a serious ailment such as flea allergy dermatitis, inhalant pollen allergies, food allergies, contact allergies, insect hypersensitivity, or lick granulomas. Distribution patterns on the dog’s body and physical examinations can help identify the cause of the behavior.

If your dog has hair loss, he may have a skin infection, ringworm, or mange. By doing skin cytologies, skin scrapings, and fungal cultures, Dr. Fondren can diagnose your dog’s problem and get them on the road to recovery.

Raised pustules on the groin area are usually not ant bites but rather a type of skin infection. With proper diagnosis, we can get your pup on systemic and topical medications to help him feel happy and healthy.

Fleas and ticks can not only cause your dog to be infected and itchy but can also transmit serious diseases.

If your dog is excessively licking or biting themselves, call us for an appointment so Dr. Fondren can diagnose the issue.

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