Why does my dog lick the hair off his legs?
Canine acral lick dermatitis (ALD), also known as lick granuloma, is an injury to the skin caused by chronic licking.
The most common (though not the only) location for a lick granuloma is on the front side of a front leg between the elbow and toes.
The condition is seen most often in middle-aged, large-breed dogs.
Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit.
Mostly, with domestic Dogs, it's a sign of affection.
Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives Dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.
According to this report, the total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and for a cat it's $1,070.
As you can see, having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year, and well over $500 each additional year.
Depending on the food you buy and sudden medical expenses, the costs could be much higher.
If your dog is drinking excessively (polydipsia) it is possibly because he is losing excess amounts of water for any of a number of reasons.
While a number of diseases result in excess water intake and urine output, the most common of these diseases include kidney failure, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease.
It's very common for dog owners to punish their dogs for growling.
Unfortunately, this often suppresses the growl—eliminating his ability to warn us that he's about to snap, literally and figuratively.
On other occasions, punishing a growling, uncomfortable dog can induce him to escalate into full-on aggression.
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