shih tzu constantly licking his lips and paws...please help!!!
he is five years old and i rescued him about six months ago. he is constantly licking his paws and lips in a sort of smacking noise. its not for any special reason that i can see its just a constant thing he does, is this something all shih tzu's do?? the only reason i ask is because it has become so bad it will wake me up at night sometimes. im not sure what to do!
on Feb 28th 2010
in Other Behavior & Training
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Well, I am a 9 yr. old with a Toy Poodle (female) that also licks her paws but without a smacking noise. She also licks us. well, somebody told me that dogs do that when they are stressed.Try to unstress him. I do not know how but just try to find some ways. Hope this helped. I am Noah Escarda, always helping.
I have had dogs in the past who will constantly lick their paws, legs, and lips if they have something stuck in their teeth, or they have a tooth that was bothering them.
Daisy Mae answered on 3/1/10. Helpful? / 0
It could either be a medical condition or it could be a habit/ soothing reflex.
Not sure , try taking him the the vets and have them do a wet swab of his feet inbetween his toes.
It does sound like a medical problem if it is constant and seems to be bothering him.
He could just need a good bath with some good shampoo like Pet Promise
Dieta answered on 3/1/10. Helpful? / 0
I have the same issue with all of my shih tzu! Their tongue doesn't come out of their mouth entirely, it sorta sounds like they're smacking their lips. I know stress can do make them do it but in my case when I snuggle and scratch them they do it too. I'm almost thinking its a pleased/pleasure type of thing. It may be situational?
Gryphon answered on 5/13/11. Helpful? / 0