Lick Granuloma In Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

A 10-year-old senior female golden retriever licks her paw dry after swimming. May have lick granuloma.

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Lick granuloma is a condition where a dog becomes obsessed with licking a part of the front of their legs. After too much licking, infection and inflammation can occur. It’s also known as acral lick dermatitis.

The cause of the condition is thought to be partly psychological. Dogs of a medium or larger size are often more prone to suffering from lick granuloma than smaller dogs.

If you see signs of this condition in your dog, then you must consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and course of treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for lick granuloma in dogs.

Symptoms Of Lick Granuloma In Dogs

Lick granuloma principally appears as a dog licking themselves too much, usually on one of the front limbs.

Some of the resultant symptoms include:

Causes Of Lick Granuloma In Dogs

Dog licking his paw on cement floor.

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The precise cause of lick granuloma in dogs is not always known; however, there are a number of situations and circumstances that seem to contribute to the condition.

Some of the most common possible causes include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Psychological conditions (such as anxiety or stress)

Treatments For Lick Granuloma In Dogs

If your veterinarian suspects your dog has lick granuloma, they’ll ask you about any relevant symptoms and examine the dog, paying special attention to the area that the dog is licking. In some cases, they might also order a radiograph to check for any underlying issues.

Understanding the cause of lick granuloma is key to treating it. Veterinarians may consider a range of medicines and therapies, as well as lifestyle changes depending on the cause of the condition.

Some of the treatments might include anti-inflammatory drugs, a special collar or barrier to stop the dog from licking the area, and changing a diet to address possible food allergies.

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