Many pet owners are embarrassed to ask about their dog licking at their genitals and groin area. It is quite common to see a male dog lick his penis regularly and a female dog lick at the vulva. The problem is when it becomes excessive. How to know if it is excessive? Dogs will naturally groom themselves a few times a day but when you see them chewing, licking and really paying attention to it--most likely there is a problem.
There is a lot you can do the stop the genital licking right away. Many times pet owners feel helpless and we have heard horror stories of dogs chewing their private areas raw! While it is important to take your dog to the veterinarian to check for a urinary infection, many times the problem is due to yeast overgrowth from food allergies and prior antibiotic usage. To give your dog immediate relief, use the K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic.
The reason why your dog is excessively licking at the genital area (penis, vulva) is because it feels uncomfortable. Your dog is itchy and irritated. There may be red bumps or sores in the area. Getting your dog started on the supplements will replenish the good flora and kill of the candida yeast which is making your dog so miserable.
Be sure to take your dog to the veterinarian to check to rule out a urinary tract infection. Licking at the penis or vulva, is a key sign you might notice along with frequent urination and/or needing to go out in the middle of the night. Definitely get your dog's urine checked. Regardless though, if your dog has a urinary tract infection, yeast infection or bacterial infection, the first line of defense is to get your dog started on the K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic. It is the same concept as what happens to many women who take antibiotics for a urinary tract infection, for example and then end up with a vaginal yeast infection.
If your dog does have a urinary tract infection, use the Pet UTI Prevention Formula along with the Probiotic to help keep it from coming right back. Relying solely on an antibiotic may provide short-term relief but most of the time, the infection comes back a few weeks after the antibiotics are finished. Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria (as well as the bad) and
unfortunately if you haven’t made the changes to support a healthy
digestive tract, the bad bacteria will grow back faster than the good
bacteria. That is why it is so essential to supplement with probiotics
(and antifungals if there is a tendency to get yeast) following a course
of antibiotics and/or steroid medications.
Dog licking genitals excessively and chewing on the groin is often a form of allergic response. Allergies in dogs or cats can be caused by inhaled allergens (e.g. pollen), food (e.g. dairy, eggs, etc.) and/or external allergens (e.g. exposure to chemicals in carpet, etc.). Sometimes an air purifier and allergy desensitization shots can be helpful in reducing the response to environmental allergies. However, there is almost always a digestive allergy issue as well. One of the fastest ways to improve your pet’s health is to change your pet’s diet. Many dogs are allergic to certain meat proteins (beef and eggs are common) and common allergens such as corn, soy and wheat. Besides using the K9 Yeast and Power Probiotic it is essential to o put your pet on a healthy, hypoallergenic diet that is low in carbohydrates. many "hypoallergenic" diets contain peas, potatoes, rice and other high carbohydrate ingredients which can make dogs itchy. Use a high moisture, low carbohydrate diet combined with antifungal and/or allergy supplements and your dog should improve considerably.
The following signs can be symptoms of when a dog is licking and chewing on the groin excessively. Be sure to bring your dog to the your veterinarian if your pet is displaying these symptoms:
- Dog immediately licks at the genitals after urination
- Groin area is stained a rust color or black due to excessive licking (especially in females)
- Genitals appear swolen, engorged
- Dog is straining to urinate or getting up to urinate during the night
- Dog is scooting on his butt; dragging his rear-end on carpet or floor
- Pungent odor from the genital area
- Red pustules on the abdomen or around groin area
- Female dogs may have yellowish or clear vaginal discharge