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4 Reasons Why Your Dog Licks You!

Does your lick often?  Does it drive you crazy?  Many people get quite annoyed at excessive licking! Well, you might feel a little different if you understood what that licking was all about.  It’s a little more complex than you probably realize! Dogs lick for a vast array of reasons. Domesticated dogs tend to lick their humans as a sign of affection. But this is not the only reason a dog will lick. Let’s analyze a few of the reasons why your dog licks you and what he could be signaling. Sign of respect. When you catch your dog licking another dog, most times it is a sign of submission. Dogs will lick another dog on the mouth to show submissiveness and in an attempt to show their place in the pack. So, we can infer that he’s licking you for that very same reason. Sign of affection. Sometimes licking can signal your dogs attempt at being affectionate. When your dog licks you or another dog or animal they can be attempting to be friendly and showing they love the “lickee”. Sign of pain. Quite often your dog can be seen constantly licking perhaps a paw or another body part. You should be able to tell the difference between this licking action vs. self cleaning. This sort of licking will be continual, and it can signal your dog is in pain. Perhaps a toenail need trimming. Sometimes allergies or joint pain can cause your dog to attempt to get to the pain via licking. Time to see your vet if this is what’s going on. Dogs do the same for...

Is Your Cat in Pain? Tips from Laura, the Pet Nanny.

Let’s face it; cats can very difficult to read.  Even the most seasoned cat owners may have difficulty trying to figure out if their cat is not feeling well, or in pain.  It’s important to be able to detect pain in the early stages.  Pain means something is wrong and being able to identify the culprit early on can mean the difference between life and death for your cat.  As your cat’s nanny, we’re here to help! Why is pain so hard to detect in our cats? While many cats are now domesticated house pets, keep in mind that their ancestors are big cats of the wilderness.  Cats still possess many of their ancestral adaptations that kept them safe in the wild.  One of those adaptations is the ability to mask pain.  In the animal world, signs of pain and weakness make Cats prime targets of their predators, which completely makes sense if you stop and think about it.  So, your cat’s stoic behavior goes back to his roots – so to speak! How can we detect pain in our cats? The answer, when you come right down to it, is quite simple.  Know your cat.  Be vigilant about noticing changes in your cat’s daily habits and behaviors.  What do we mean?  Keep reading to learn more! If you notice any of these changes, you should seek the advice of your pet’s veterinary clinic: Change in grooming habits.  Is your cat grooming himself excessively?  More licking, chewing? Or maybe he has stopped grooming altogether.  A change in either direction could indicate pain or illness.. Change in appetite. Is your...