Why Is My Dog Licking Her Cage?

Age-Related Cognitive Dysfunction

If your dog is over 6 years old and is beginning to exhibit strange behaviors such as excessive licking, it could be a sign that he is suffering from cognitive dysfunction. Cognitive dysfunction is a condition that can affect older dogs and sometimes causes dogs to lick objects or others a lot. As dogs age, their mental functioning can deteriorate, causing them to act compulsively. Other symptoms of cognitive dysfunction may include disorientation, engaging less frequently in social interaction and forgetting previously learned behaviors. If your dog is middle-aged and you suspect he may be suffering from cognitive dysfunction, consult with your veterinarian.

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