Full range of
pet care and emergency services

Avian and
Exotic pets

Serving the
Los Angeles
Since 1969

10737 Venice Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
 (310) 559-3770

Center-Sinai Animal Hospital  
Serving the Los Angeles Community since 1969

10737 Venice Blvd.  
Los Angeles, CA 90034 
(310) 559-3770 

Full range of pet care and emergency  veterinary services available


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Shih Tzu From Flicker.com

Shih Tzu Constantly Licking His Paws?

  Dear Dr. Baum --

What should I do about my 4 year old Shih Tzu constantly licking his paws?

Ms Jones, Los Angeles, CA

Dear Ms. Jones:

There are basically two reasons for paw licking. The first is physically based reasons -- allergies or direct irritants.

The second group of reasons is emotionally based. Just like people bite their nails, dogs can lick their paws. Boredom, stress or a need for attention can foster this obsessive behavior.

Have your dog checked by your veterinarian to help figure out the possible cause and possible solutions to keep this problem under control.

Dr. B

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: 7:30 am - 4 pm
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