Treatment for severe lick granulomas

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Dogs love to lick just about everything. While this is fine and normal for most dogs, there is a point when that licking can go too far. Read on to find out more about the causes and symptoms of lick granuloma dogs and how to treat the skin problem with skincare and treatments. That way you can watch your dog lick weird things again with peace-of-mind.

Acral Lick Dermatitis (Lick Granuloma) in Dogs

Dermatology Clinic for Animals Acral Lick Granuloma in Tacoma, WA - Dermatology Clinic for Animals

Its no secret that acral lick granulomas are irritating for veterinary clients, their pets and you. Heres everything you need to know about this dermatologic condition, from what causes it to how to diagnose it. While acral lick granuloma is rarely a life-threatening condition, it's irritating for both the dog and owner. Acral lick granulomas also known as acral lick dermatitis , typically seen on the front part of the lower leg in dogs, are lesions that develop as a result of chronic and compulsive licking. Constant licking causes hair loss and erosion or ulceration of the superficial skin layers, leading to marked inflammation of the skin and focal infection. Over time, the skin in the affected area becomes red, raised and thickened, and constant licking prevents healing.

Acral lick granuloma: stopping the itch-lick cycle

Also Known As: Acral lick dermatitis, acral lick furunculosis, lick granuloma. Transmission or Cause: The causes of acral lick granulomas include infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or mites; allergies, cancer, joint disease, or previous trauma; and an obsessive-compulsive disorder caused in some dogs by boredom. Dogs are incited by their condition to lick an area until they cause hair loss and erosion of the superficial skin layers.
Everyone who has had a dog with a lick granuloma will tell the same story. The skin lesion started as a tiny sore spot on the skin and the dog kept licking at it. Applying medications didn't seem to help much and the darn thing kept spreading outward while thickening. It often would be wet and oozing from the dog licking and chewing incessantly at it.