Lick Granulomas and Acral Lick Dermatitis In Dogs

Excessive licking and grooming of certain parts of the body can lead to skin trauma and irritation. This is what happens when a dog licks excessively at a spot between the leg and foot. Without any intervention, the dog will continue to lick and groom the site excessive causing dermatitis and ultimate the development of a granuloma (a mass that appears pinkish in color) at the spot. Experts believe that the behavior has a psychogenic or psychological basis. It can be triggered and exacerbated when a dog is bored or exposed to certain stressors. Continued licking of the site where a granuloma has developed causes the release of endorphins from the brain. These substances has been associated with feelings of euphoria, thus encouraging the dog to continue engaging in the habit. 

Acral lick is very challenging to treat. In fact, most cases are rarely cured. Fortunately, it can be managed with a combination of regular physical activity and mental stimulation. Your best vets North Redington Beach, FL may also prescribe medications to help keep the behavior under control.


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