Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Does Your Dog Lick and Chew Excessively?

This poor pup has a lick granuloma on his right front leg. Some dogs may lick and chew at one spot until it becomes red and oozing. These skin lesions are called lick granulomas. They are characterized by a localized, thickened, and often ulcerated area of skin that is frequently licked or chewed. The granuloma is usually found on the lower limb, particularly at the wrist or paw, but can also occur on other parts of the body.

Lick granulomas are often caused by compulsive or excessive licking or chewing behavior. The constant licking irritates the skin, leading to inflammation and the formation of a thickened, raised, and often hairless patch. The underlying cause of the licking behavior can vary and may include factors such as boredom, anxiety, stress, allergies, arthritis, underlying skin infections, or other medical conditions.
In some cases, you can use a sock, wrap or shirt to avoid the use of the dreaded cone. Changing your pet’s diet and using a few allergy supplements can also help. But often the licking is part of a nervous obsession and preventing the dog from having access to the area while also using calming remedies like CBD can really help.