A newspaper based in Annapolis, Maryland has an “Ask The Vet” column. Someone wrote in to ask about tail-chasing by a dog. The vet replied with some good information on obsessive compulsive disorder in dogs as well as ways to combat the problem. Here’s the link:
The photo below is the leg of a dog with an obsessive licking problem. The dog has licked through the skin into the deeper tissues of the leg. These are really hard to heal. They simply won’t heal if the dog continues to lick, so an elizabethan collar is one of the strategies we usually have to employ.