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.