New Hours

Animal Emergency Hospital (AEH) has been honored to serve our community, providing 24/7 care for pets in need, for over ten years.

While we will continue to operate and provide care for pets in need, AEH is in a transition period. The nationwide labor shortage has hit the veterinary industry hard and we are struggling to hire enough staff to maintain 24/7 hours of operation.

To ensure that we maintain the quality of care you have come to expect from us, we are transitioning to a veterinary urgent care facility with hours of operation from 8am-8pm Friday through Monday, effective immediately.

We humbly thank you for the trust you have put in us to care for your family members over the years and we hope that you will continue to trust us with their care as we find a path forward in this difficult time. If you would like to read any news, information, and helpful tips from our team, please be sure to check out our blog.

Does your dog lick their paws constantly? Many pet owners become frustrated by the non-stop paw-licking and want to help their dogs overcome this condition. Learn about three of the most common reasons your pooch may be licking their paws.

 

#1: Your dog has allergies

Environmental allergies frequently affect dogs, and one of the most common signs is itchy, inflamed skin, especially in the ears and on the paws. Dogs with allergies to molds and pollens routinely lick their paws after a stroll in the grass, particularly in the spring and summer. Remove the allergens from your pet’s paws with unscented baby wipes or waterless shampoo, or make a tea bath from a plain Lipton tea bag whose tannins will draw out the inflammation and allergens.

 

#2: Your dog is in pain

Animals lick to clean and soothe their wounds, and your dog may be suffering from a foot sprain, torn nail, or paw-pad cut that requires the healing power of constant licking. Constant licking because of arthritis pain in the wrist or hock can create a lick granuloma, which can become infected if not allowed to heal. In some cases, your pet will continue to lick at the spot long after the injury has healed, turning the licking into a behavioral issue.

 

#3: Your dog has a behavior disorder

Boredom, anxiety, and stress can cause your pup to lick their paws obsessively. They may have a favorite paw but will often lick at both front paws, and sometimes their back feet, for entertainment or to help them relax. Paw licking associated with anxiety is typically seen at night when the family is unwinding for the day. You’ll notice your nervous pooch licking their paws while you watch TV or read in bed.

 

Does your pup have a case of itchy paws? If so, medical attention is likely necessary. Contact our team to schedule an appointment.