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Features April 2018 Issue

Is the Licking Medical or Behavioral? Or Both?

Poor Racer has really had a tough go of it.

Is the Licking Medical or Behavioral? Or Both?

Sorting through the reasons for licking often takes some sleuthing: it can be chicken-and-egg.

Deb Nicholas of Fremont, Ohio, is worried. Her 11-year-old yellow Lab, Racer, has run the gamut of problems with licking himself after surgeries and when he has seasonal hotspots. He also licks obsessively when something upsets him a bee buzzing by, someone accidentally bumping into him, etc. A lot of times he just sits and licks the air.

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