General information on Lick Granulomas
A Lick Granuloma is described as constant licking at the ankle or wrist that causes an open sore. Most cases are preceded by an itchy skin disease that starts the dog’s licking then it becomes habitual. It is mostly seen in large short-coated dogs such as Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Doberman Pinschers, and Bird dogs.
Symptoms of Lick Granulomas
The symptoms of a Lick Granuloma are constant licking, hair loss, red, shiny skin, itchy skin. Skin becomes raised, thick, hard, and insensitive to pressure.
Treatments for Lick Granulomas
It is important to attempt to identify the precipitating cause by reviewing the course of events. Treatment will focus on the cause of the skin irritation then the psychological issues derived from habitual licking.
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Lick Granulomas experience by - Molly
Molly, a Golden Ret. w/a little Border Collie mix, had scuffed her ankle while outside, at about 1 Yr. It healed slowly. About 4 yrs later she began to lick the area again. She licked incessantly until it was raw. The vet at U of Mn Veterinary who we saw, suggested 2 possible problems: 1 somehow the wound had not healed properly, all those years before, and had developed some kind of an infection which was irritating Molly. 2 It was Psychosematic and would therefor need to be treated by a dog psychologist. Whew!
She tried no. 1 first. Antibiotics in the form of Cephalexin 500 mg. We gave these to her and about 3 days later she stopped licking. We continued the dosage for 2 more wks.
This lasted a few more years and she started again. We had some old pills left and gave her those. Once again the licking stopped within a couple days and she's now over 10yrs old with toughened skin on the wound area but hair covering it.
Happy to report it was a success!
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