Why Does My Dog Lick The Air? Here Are The Causes Of This Behavior

Posted by on May 28, 2020 in General |

Dilemma: Why does my dog constantly lick the air?
My toddler is a 4-year-old Maltezer cross Toy Pom. Abbi. Your lover started licking “air” since she was 1 year good old. She is constantly sticking her tongue out and licking at nothing. She stops when we ask her. She looks happy while doing it. I’m just afraid of which she will dry out her tongue or get painful mouth/tongue. Why is she doing it and do I have to be worried. What is the indicating of this behaviour? Friends say she’s showing love plus affection.

What a cute little girl and such an interesting question!

Anything you describe sounds like what online vet calls “air licking habit. ” There are several possible causes for this unusual behavior.

Allergies to pollen, food, or environmental agents could cause itchy skin, itchy ears and even an itchy teeth. Most dogs will have other allergy symptoms such as foot-licking, marring, and ear inflammation. Your vet may suggest psychological of anti-allergy medications and/or hypoallergenic food.

Dental Agony
Dental disease is very common in toy breed pet dogs. The pain caused by dental disease can cause air licking. You could make a look at Abbi’s teeth, but even if the surface looks SO dental x-rays often reveal problems under the gumline. The girl may need an examination under anesthesia to get a better understanding of her dental health status.

Gastrointestinal Disease
Air licking might be the only symptom of mild to moderate gastrointestinal pain/nausea. Nevertheless many dogs have some other symptoms like vomiting, weightloss, poor appetite, diarrhea. Your vet might want to run blood stream tests and do some special imaging to see what’s having in Abbi’s GI tract.

Neurologic Disease
Sometimes seizures involve only a small part of the brain. Focal seizures might cause strange behaviors that are usually repetitive in nature. “Gum chewing” and air licking may be a manifestation of main seizures. Diagnosis may require consultation with a veterinary neurologist. Quite a few dogs improve with anti-seizure medication.

Air licking behavior might be a result of obsessive-compulsive disorder. It might also be attention-seeking behavior, especially if it never happens when the dog is by itself.

Behavioral causes of air licking are difficult to diagnose since there is no specific test to be done. Behavioral air licking is diagnosed by ruling out other causes with the behavior. There are many things you can do to improve the situation causing behavioral oxygen licking, but you need to rule out more serious causes first.

In sum
Without a doubt, Abbi needs a thorough veterinary exam. Your veterinarian may have a good idea of what’s going on with her right away or simply may need to do some testing to pinpoint the problem. There is a decent chance that her quality of life can be improved with right treatment, so don’t delay in seeking help at a vet!