A lot of pet owners have a dog that lick and chews on his feet but they have no clue why their dog does this. The dogs can cause sores, which are extremely painful and may become infected. Dogs usually do get a hot spot where they chew and lick continuously.
A spot like this on the front paw close to the wrist or outside a rear leg may turn into an Acral (relating to limbs) Lick Granuloma. This spot will become an open sore, red and irritated. The behavior of licking and chewing is a compulsive disorder.
Over a period of time, the spot may get larger and thick. It could ooze or bleed and will become an open scarred sore. It affects the dog`s legs to the base layer to skin and there may be bacteria and damaged or inflamed capillaries. as per www.articlesfactory.com
Any dog breed can develop a lick granuloma but some breeds are more prone to it than others. They include Dobermans, Rottweilers, Weimaraners, German Shepherds, Labradors and Golden Retrievers. So, does the vet know what causes this condition in dogs?
Though there is not one certain cause, veterinary dermatologists think it is several things. One reason is boredom. It is something for the dog to do to pass the time. Allergic dermatitis is another cause. This in turn causes itching and inflammation. If there is a splinter or thorn in the dog`s paw, this will trigger licking and chewing and the dog will not be able to leave it alone so it doesn`t heal.
One of the newest treatments is laser surgery. Though you would think wrapping the foot would allow it to heal, the dog will just start licking above the bandage. Other treatments that have been tried include cortisone injections and anti-anxiety medicines.
The best result is found by giving a long term treatment of antibiotics and the dog should stay on the medicine for as long as six months. For more info visit: www.petvitamins4u.com
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