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Old 05-26-2019, 08:13 PM
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Need Advice..Issue With Our Shih Tzu Licking So Much..

Hi everyone, Im hoping someone here can assist me with an issue we are having with our 13 yr old Shih Tzu Maxie, he's in good health, no medical problems(Except he has back and neck issues, common for the shih tzu breed) the issue we are having with Maxie is that he is constantly licking, the floor, the rug, the carpet, his paws, his Vet thought it was an allergy put him on steroid medication and also told us to get him new food, which he eats now, its lamb and he loves it, seemed to have helped(Since he had a what they called a hot spot on his lower lip which healed with the meds, but now its starting to get red again because of the constant licking, he licks with so much force I can see why it would get inflamed) but then he started licking again, another Vet said its mental, that he feels he needs to do it and cant stop. Cant keep him on steroids for a long period of time its not healthy(the vet is keeping him on steroids now she says to prevent infection on his paws). Even last year we noticed how the fur on his face and paws seemed to get darker(Now his face is lighter but his front paws, still kind of dark due to the constant licking) I always worry about diseases like Cushings Disease but all of his blood work is excellent so cant be that..The only time where he does NOT lick is when he's waiting for his food, he can sit for an hour, not lick and just watch the food honestly dont know what to do the Vet even gave us a cone to put on Maxie to prevent him from licking he hates it constantly barks with it on any advice I would really really appreciate its a strange situation
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Old 05-30-2019, 12:59 PM
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Bumping up..could really use some advice would really appreciate it thank U
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Old 05-31-2019, 07:14 PM
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Ours, a poodle bischon mix, will go through licking cycles, but not as severely as you describe. She will always stop, if I say stop licking, at least for awhile. We find distraction to work best, and in our case once we break the cycle she seems to not need to lick so much. Again, in our case its cyclic, so not a constant issue.
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Its just weird how he does it, could be from boredom, honestly cant figure it out..already changed his food, had all the blood work done, had everything checked and he still does it..the only time he will not lick we notice is when he is waiting for his food to be ready, he will sit and wait, and not lick at all..cant think of anything medical that can cause this, the vet thinks it started as a legit allergy, but has grown to an obsession since once he started he doesnt know he doesnt need to do that anymore
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I wonder if that licking behaviour would respond to redirecting.
Every time he licks, get him to do something else. Sit, give paw...things like that and rewarding with a tiny treat or a game of fetch. Maybe it will help form a different habit.
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My sis is gonna take Maxie to the Vet tomorrow to see what can be done. He doesnt lick his paws anymore so that's a step in the right direction, but he still licks the floor, rug, carpet, which has caused his lip to become red and inflamed so something has to be done about that so it doesnt become infected. They tried the cone but he just barks his head off he hates it so they have to take it off, I think its mostly caused by boredom or he just got used to licking and just cant stop himself its become an obsession..will see what this vet said, its the 3rd vet he's seen
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I had a shih tzu that would lick anything and everything. She was also a pica dog and would eat dry wall and suck down socks (not chew, swallow them whole). We were never able to eliminate her need to lick everything. She did have health issues that she was on prescription food for, but the oral fixation never changed based food changes.

I hope you are able to figure out what is causing the problem. Good luck!
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Still no solution for this issue. Maxie started anti anxiety meds last week, seemed to help somewhat but it would make it sorta wobbly for about an hour than improve, but a few days ago we had a scare with him he started coughing so rushed him to the vet thinking maybe he had heart failure or something, no everything was fine, but his esophagus was enlarged, so he is in pepsid and a pepto bismal like liquid and he already stopped coughing, we stopped the anti anxiety meds, the vet said he didnt know if it was the meds that caused it, his new food that caused it so we just stopped the anti anxiety it wasnt like it was doing much for him..now he's all better back to his regular maxie self, and back to licking..his paw, the floor and the rug which seems to be his favorite..dont know what to do to make him stop licking..his lip (On the left side) is still pretty red, which is why he's on antibiotics, which I read can also cause an inflamed esophagus but the redness needs to go away but he starts licking so this one is a mystery..its most likely mental but what to give him that wont cause him another problem..and how is it for him to just be a wobbly dog from meds its not improving his life..if only we can knock off the licking, thinking about maybe going to a skin doctor with him not sure what help he can be
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You might consider consulting with a behaviorist/trainer to see if you can, perhaps get him to respond to re-direction commands.
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The Vet suggested Maxie wear a cone but he barks his head off when he wears it..the Vet suggested that MAYBE its his front tooth that is causing him to lick, that sometimes having issues with teeth can cause excessive licking, but he had teeth removed many years ago that were bad and he never licked so its a weird one..I Read online that sometimes having acid reflux causes licking Maxie is on pepsid and a pepto bismal type liquid medication, he does lick a little less but he still loves doing it, but he's a spunky dog now..before on the anti anxiety he would sleep most of the time and he would walk wobbly, that's not what I want for him Id rather him be happy and licking than sleeping, wobbly and not licking..its hard to treat a lip issue since his lip is very red, he eats, he licks, so its hard to treat
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