Top 3 Reasons Why Your Dog is Suddenly Licking the Floor

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Sudden behavioral changes such as when a dog starts to lick the floor could be an indication that something is wrong with your pet. Here are the most common reasons for dogs that may start to lick the floor in a compulsive manner.

1. Diet and nutritional deficiency

Obsessive floor licking could be a result of nutritional deficiency. Have you introduced a change to your dog’s diet recently? Is the dog not eating as much as he used to? Is the new food not as well-balanced as the old one? Nutritional deficiency could eventually result in irritation and inflammation around the dog’s mouth. The dog might start to lick the floor to sooth the discomfort.

2. Change in cleaning product

Did you recently change the cleaning product used to clean or mop the floor? Dogs are strange animals. They may like the scent or taste of the new cleaning product. They will start licking the floor because they can’t get enough of the taste! Dogs can also start licking the floor if you’ve been slacking with cleaning up. Dogs have a strong scent. They will pick up on the smallest of crumbs and liquids that may have spilled on the floor.

3. Anxiety and boredom

Licking is a self-soothing mechanism for dogs. Dogs that suffer from chronic anxiety may start to lick whatever they can reach. The floor just happens to be the most accessible area. The anxiety might also be caused by sickness. You should take your dog to the vet immediately if you notice any other concerning signs and body movements. Nausea, for example, can cause dogs to randomly lick the floor.


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