Why Dogs Lick Their "Privates"
And Why You Need to Know
One of the more embarrassing things that dogs do is to lick their "private" parts in public. Both male and female dogs do this less than appealing behavior that annoys pet owners.
In the canine world a moderate degree of licking is part of normal grooming behavior. For example, a dog may lick the genital area of urinating as a means of cleaning the area. In this case, licking is related to elimination and is not persistent. Usually a quick swipe takes care of business.
It is not as common for dogs to lick the anal area; however, if the dog's stool is sticky or watery, the dog may feel the need to tidy up a bit. Normal bowel movements are not usually followed by licking.
Why you need to know!
Frequent or sustained licking of the genital area may indicate that a medical problem exists.
If your dog exhibits any of the following signs,
contact ABC Vet now to schedule an exam.
- Swollen or red penis, vulva, or anus
- Presence of pustules (pimples) or red bumps on the skin
- Discoloration of the skin (black or rust colored)