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Just yesterday, very suddenly and for no apparent reason, Miss

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Just yesterday, very suddenly and for no apparent reason, Miss Muffet began to lick her leg, to the point that she has removed all of the hair. Nothing has changed in her environment or her life. She is sometimes even licking the air. What has happened and why and what can we do to make her more comfortable? Miss Muffet just turned 6 years old.
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Hello, thank you for using this site to help you with your problem. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I have been in the dog field for 25 years. It will be my pleasure to help you today. You may be looking at allergies generally airborne allergies will have a dog lick its legs or feet or you may be looking at Acral Lick Granuloma which has a few underlying causes. Sometimes ointment alone wont help but oral antibiotics are needed as well. Ypu can read more on this here :

 

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/lick-granuloma/page1.aspx

 

 

As for air licking, this can be a sign of seizure activity and the golden is prone to epilepsy. There are different stages to seizure activity and air licking is one form. I will direct you to a site for this as well and it has a video of a dog snapping at air which is similar to air licking.

 

http://www.canine-epilepsy.net/basics/basics_index.html (video)

 

 

Here is more on allergies http://www.petplace.com/dogs/seasonal-allergies-and-your-pet/page1.aspx

 

To keep the dog from licking the leg I would invest in a comfy cone so the area has time to heal. You can continue to wash it with antibiotic soap and applying an ointment but if the dog continues to lick the sore will remain.

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Hello Bonnie,
I ma just checking in to see how Miss Muffet is doing with her leg.
This is a free follow up that I like to give my customers so I will leave it up to you if you wish to respond:)

Sally