Top 3 Reasons Why Your Dog Licks the Air

Licking is a natural and instinctive behavior for dogs. What makes no sense, however, is when a dog starts to randomly lick the air. Here are some reasons that may explain this strange behavior.

1. Stress and confusion

Licking is sometimes a natural response to stress and confusion. The act of licking can help relax a dog as studies have found that it can release endorphins in the dog’s brain. You might notice a common pattern or trigger before your dog starts to lick the air. It could be before you are about to head out for work or when there are strangers in the vicinity.

2. Pain from dental diseases

Dogs may suddenly start licking the air if they have problems in their mouth. You should check the inside of the dog’s mouth. The dog’s teeth or gum could be affected by some kind of infection. The dog may also have something stuck in his mouth that’s bothering him. His tongue might lick the air as he tries to dislodge whatever is causing the discomfort.

It could also be a health issue that goes beyond the mouth. Dogs are known to lick the air excessively when they suffer from conditions like gastric reflux. The dog could be licking the air to suppress the acidic fluids from the stomach. A visit to the vet is strongly recommended if you notice other concerning signs and behaviors aside from the licking.

3. Dog’s nose is dry

It may look like your dog is licking the air but he could in fact be trying to lick his nose. The occasional licking is not a problem. It does become a problem when the licking become compulsive. There are a number of causes but a common one is when the dog’s nose is dry. The dog could be trying to lick his nose constantly to get rid of the irritation that comes with dry, itchy noses.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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