Dear Vicki, My six-year-old Bi­chon Frise, Louis con­stantly chews and licks his paws and they have be­come red and sore. Our vet gave us steroid tablets to try and help this prob­lem, but one hour later Louis was sick. Why is he chew­ing his paws, and do you have any ad­vice? This must be a night­mare for you and Louis. I rec­om­mend con­tact­ing your vet for ad­vice about the med­i­ca­tion and vom­it­ing. They may be able to pre­scribe an­other med­i­ca­tion or some­thing to set­tle his stom­ach. It is im­por­tant to sort this prob­lem as it will be af­fect­ing Louis’ qual­ity of life. If the cur­rent treat­ment isn’t work­ing, there are other treat­ment op­tions your vet will con­sider. Dear Vicki, I re­cently adopted a stray cat, Frankie. When she goes to bed she grabs a mouth­ful of bed­ding and pads about on her cush­ion for ages. Why does she do this? Knead­ing’ is of­ten a sign of con­tent­ment in an adult cat, much like kit­tens do when they knead their mother when feed­ing. How­ever, there are also other rea­sons why a cat will lick or suck com­pul­sively, and it may be that Frankie is re­act­ing to stress. Cats can find changes to their en­vi­ron­ment such as a new home, as Frankie has, dif­fi­cult to cope with. You first need to get Frankie checked out by your vet to find out if there is an un­der­ly­ing med­i­cal cause for her be­hav­iour. If she gets the all clear then the vet can rec­om­mend a be­havioural pro­gramme to help her to deal with stress­ful sit­u­a­tions.

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