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Constant licking

My beagle constantly licks. She could be in a deep sleep and her tongue will start going. The sound of her constantly adjusting her tongue (or whatever she is doing) becomes very aggravating. I am starting to be concerned that there is something going on that we are not aware of. Has anyone ever experienced this before? Is it a sign that there is something more going on that we need to look into further?
Type of Animal
:  
Dog
Age of Animal
:  
5 years
Sex of Animal
:  
Female
Breed of Animal
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Beagle
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
:  
October 18, 2009
City
:  
Huntington Beach
State/Province
:  
CA
Country
:  
USA
Blood Test Results
:  
n/a
X-Ray Results
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n/a
Other pertinent test results
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n/a
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There can be many reasons for this, from boredom/habit  to a subtle seizure disorder.  The most common reason for excessive licking is itchiness from allergies.  Talk with  your veterinarian and you may likely wish to see a veterinary dermatologist for best results with least side effects if some type of allergy is indeed the underlying cause.
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