Signs of a possible skin problem
When your pet has a skin problem, you should see your veterinarian. If your pet has a skin problem there will be signs, often times, more than one. These signs are important clues. Here's what you should watch for:
Pets groom themselves. Licking can be normal, but excessive licking to the point of redness, hair loss or other abnormalities can be a problem. Licking, like scratching, can be a sign for a wide variety of skin problems. Licking the paws may be a sign of a yeast infection or allergies. Licking the rear area may be a sign of flea allergy dermatitis or that the anal glands are infected. And, licking a specific spot can be a sign of a hot spot or infection.
In some cases, licking can create a skin condition. Acral lick dermatitis in dogs is the thickening of the skin caused by constant licking of an area, most often the front of the lower legs.
If your pet is compulsively licking a specific area, it may be a sign that something is wrong. Make an appointment to see your veterinarian.