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What’s Behind Your Pet’s Chronic Licking?

Does your pet have a licking problem, wanting to keep licking a certain spot on his body? While you may be tempted to ignore it and hope it disappears on its own, that can be a risky approach.

dog lick granuloma

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Acral lick dermatitis (ALD), or lick granuloma, is injury to a dog’s skin caused by chronic licking
  • Causes of ALD include itchy skin (allergies), a painful underlying condition such as arthritis, mites and a behavioral or psychological disorder
  • It’s important to diagnose not only the skin wound, but the underlying cause of the itching so the lick granuloma doesn’t recur
  • Treatment of the skin wound will require preventing your dog from continuing to lick the area, keeping the wound clean and applying natural healing remedies
  • It’s also important to address any psychological or emotional factors that may be contributing to the obsessive licking

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