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Dog Keeps Licking Butt | Reasons To Know & How To Stop It

Dogs licking their butts is a gross habit, but unfortunately, it’s one that many dogs are guilty of.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the reasons why dogs might lick their butts, and we’ll also offer some tips on how to prevent your dog from licking its butt in the first place.

Keep reading for more information!

Dog Keeps Licking Butt – The Reasons

little brown dog butt

Some butt-licking is normal behavior, but it can get excessive.

A dog will start to lick their butt excessively if there is irritation and inflammation in the area.

Despite the fact that there are numerous causes for this inflammation and irritation, all of them necessitate a trip to the vet to identify the problem and develop a plan of care that will make your dog feel better.

Because They Have Anal Gland Infections

If you’ve noticed your dog licking its butt area, it could indicate an underlying issue with the dog’s anal glands in dog’s anal area (also known as anal gland issues).

While dogs licking their butts can sometimes be caused by allergies or skin issues, trying to relieve the itchiness in the anal area can indicate something wrong.

Typically, when there is a problem with the dog’s anal gland, they will attempt to soothe it by licking or biting at their anal area.

A veterinarian should be consulted if your dog displays this behavior and if you guess it could be an anal irritation, or infected anal glands, as they would be able to properly diagnose and treat any potential anal gland problems.

Due To Allergies & Skin Infections

Dogs often lick certain body parts to soothe themselves from allergies or skin infections.

This behavior is known as dog licking, which can signify that something isn’t quite right with your dog’s health.

If you think your dog may be suffering from allergies (food allergies, for example for commercial pet foods, or skin allergies) or a skin infection (bacterial skin infection), there are several steps you can take to help alleviate their symptoms and prevent this behavior in the future.

The first step is to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian, who will examine your dog and run tests if necessary to see your dog’s allergic reaction.

Allergies may require an antihistamine, while a skin infection may require antibiotics or topical treatments such as medicated shampoo.

Additionally, a healthy diet, regular grooming sessions, and keeping up on flea and tick control are essential steps in preventing skin conditions like this one in the future.

white brown dog cleaning himself

When They Are In Anxiety

Dogs are a bundle of emotions, just like humans.

Anxiety can manifest itself in many ways in dogs, one of which is dogs licking their butt.

Often dog owners associate dog licking with boredom or excitement – however, when they don’t seek attention or display other signs of expecting something, dog licking may be a sign that your dog is experiencing anxiety.

If your dog is persistently licking their butt, observing the pup and considering the possibility of relieving its stress with proper training and exercise would be essential.

Additionally, you can consult with a vet on strategies to reduce dog anxiety, including possible medications available to help manage your dog’s condition.

These steps will ensure your dog lives free from discomfort and anxiety-related behaviors like dogs lick their butts.

If They Have Parasites

Dog owners who observe their pup excessively licking their hind end should take caution – this could be a sign of parasites.

Parasites like fleas, intestinal worms, and mites are commonly found in dog fur, which can cause significant discomfort if left untreated.

There are different sorts of parasites: external parasites, internal parasites, and parasitic worms. Immediate attention is recommended, as the owner may need to treat the dog to eliminate any potential parasites that could be living where the dog is licking.

Sometimes, internal parasites get to seen in your dog’s stool.

Thankfully, experienced dog groomers are equipped with the tools and techniques necessary to detect these troublesome pests so that an appropriate treatment course can be determined quickly and effectively.

How To Prevent Your Dog From Licking Their Butt

white black dog licking his mouth

Many dog owners notice their dog engaging in a behavior known as ‘butt-licking.’

That can be highly irritating and also potentially hazardous to your dog’s health due to the risks of contracting bacterial or fungal infections.

The best way to prevent such licking is to ensure that your dog is kept clean and groomed regularly.

Ensure that their skin and fur are free of any excess dirt, oils, parasites, or other irritants that may cause itching.

For example, don’t feed your dog raw meaty bones because of the risk of parasites.

If the licking persists, take your dog to the veterinarian for a complete check-up.

Also, keeping your dog mentally stimulated with activities such as walks, playtime, obedience training, puzzles, and interactive toys helps reduce boredom which may lead to behaviors like excessive licking.

What You Should Do About Your Dog’s Butt Licking

dog on the floor cleaning himself

Many dog owners notice their dog engaging in a dog’s behavior known as ‘butt-licking.’

That can be highly irritating and also potentially hazardous to your dog’s health due to the risks of contracting bacterial or fungal infections.

The best way to prevent such licking is to ensure that your dog is kept clean and groomed regularly.

Ensure that their skin and fur are free of any excess dirt, oils, parasites, or other irritants that may cause itching.

If the licking persists, take your furry friend to the veterinarian for a complete check-up.

Also, keeping your dog mentally stimulated with activities such as walks, playtime, obedience training, puzzles, and interactive toys help reduce boredom which may lead to behaviors like excessive licking.

Dogs have the instinct to lick; owners must remain aware of the behavioral implications this can have, especially regarding dogs’ desire to lick their butts.

If your dog persistently licks behind, it is best to talk to your vet, as there may be an underlying cause of discomfort, itchiness, or anxiety.

In some cases, veterinary medical treatment or a change in diet may benefit the dog and solve the issue.

Alternatively, if your dog has simply picked up a bad habit, gentle training techniques can help teach them that this behavior is unacceptable.

With patience and persistence, you can train your dog out of licking its butt and ensure its habits stay healthy for years to come.

dog on the grass cleaning himself

Dogs licking their butt is a normal, instinctual behavior.

There are many reasons why dogs lick their butts, some of which are harmless, and some may indicate an underlying health problem.

If your dog is licking his or her butt excessively, it’s essential to take them to the veterinarian for a check-up.

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help curb your dog’s butt-licking habit.

Before You Go…

Now you know the reasons why a dog keeps licking its butt.

If you want to learn more, read the following articles too!

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Mena Emad, DVM
Mena has a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. His expertise, passion for animal welfare, extensive knowledge, and experience in the field of veterinary medicine make him an excellent resource for our readers.

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