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This 'Harmless' Obsession Can Quickly Degrade to Infections

Starts with what you could easily overlook as an annoying habit, but can trigger other issues like festering non-healing sore spots and nasty secondary infections. To catch it fast and nip it before infection stage, look for this telltale symptom every day. You'll be glad you did.

acral lick dermatitis in dogs

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 completely resolves and 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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