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licking

stroking with the tongue. There are three kinds of licking in animals: (1) licking of inanimate objects including soil and trees, i.e. pica, which is usually interpreted as an expression of malnutrition; (2) grooming licking of self; (3) abrasive licking of self, often at the same spot. Examples are the 'mad itch' of bovine pseudorabies and the production of acral lick dermatitis in dogs.

licking disease
see licking sickness (below).
psychogenic licking
see psychogenic dermatosis.
licking sickness
pica in cattle on a herd or area scale. Usually ascribed to nutritional deficiency of copper, but may also reflect inadequate salt intake.
licking syndrome
usually refers to sodium chloride nutritional deficiency. See also licking sickness (above).