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Questions about Lick Granuloma Treatment

What is lick granuloma?

Normally when a dog has an open sore around the wrist or ankle a dog may lick at it to try and keep it clean. This can be a good thing but in some cases a dog may continuously lick at the open sore causing it to become severely infected and raw. In some cases where a dog has licked so much at the wrist or ankle, the skin may become red, elevated, numb or hard. This condition may occur more in large dogs that have shorter hair. There may be many different cause of lick granuloma such as, psychological, canine atopy, demodectic mange, bacterial or fungal infection or a secondary disease.

What is lick granuloma treatment?

In some cases of lick granuloma the treatment may be the best way to find out exactly is causing the excessive licking. Typically lick granuloma maybe caused from boredom, this may be determined by the use of medication that generally helps control urges during the state of boredom. A veterinarian may choose from a selection of different treatments for lick granuloma such as, topical or injectable steroids, bandaging, acupuncture, cryotherapy, radiation therapy or in some severe cases surgical removal. There may be some cases where a dog may have an underlying infection that may require an antibiotic. Generally lick granuloma may be one of the more difficult skin disorders to effectively treat. For more information regarding lick granuloma treatment in dogs such as, can a dog contract lick granuloma from another dog, can lick granuloma cause death to a dog or can a dog need amputation from lick granuloma. Read below where an Expert has answered several questions pertaining to lick granuloma treatment.

What is an effective treatment for lick granuloma for a dog that has no psychological problem?

In some cases a dog owner may not think that their dog has a psychological problem, but in all reality the dog may. It may be best to seek a veterinarian’s advice, to see whether the dog does or does not have a psychological disorder. In the case that a dog does not have any underlying problems, then the dog may need just simply to have the area bandaged. Some vets may prescribe Betadine to be applied to the area around every 8 hours, with a bandage so that the dog can no longer lick the area. Some dogs may be very relentless; so it may be a good idea to use a very strong adhesive tape such as Elastikon or in some cases duct tape to keep the dog from biting the bandage open.

How successful is laser treatment for lick granuloma?

With lick granuloma being one of the more difficult skin disorders to treat, some vets may be trying laser therapy. Using laser therapy may not only decrease the granuloma but could also ease any secondary nerve spurs. Just as with any other treatment for lick granuloma a dog could start to lick in another area which could cause granuloma in another area of the skin. Laser therapy infiltrates the skin to dull the simulation of the nerves so a dog doesn’t feel as if it needs to lick. Laser treatment may also encourage healthy skin to grow more quickly.

If a dog has lick granuloma from having the leg shaved what can be done to help treat this after applying polusporin with antibiotic with not successful rate?

There may be several different ways of getting lick granuloma under control. It may important to eliminate any infection around the area. If the leg is just inflamed possibilities of treatment with a steroid or a NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that may help heal the lick granuloma. There may also be many different topical medications that could be used for treatment; these may include several sprays that may be bitter to the tongue of a dog. The bitter taste may make a dog not want to lick the granuloma. Another option may be to put a cone collar; these prevent a dog from being able to reach the wrist or ankle in which a dog cannot lick the affected area. Lick granuloma may have some mild and serious affects on a dog. Typically a dog may see signs around the ankle or wrist area. In some cases where a dog is persistent to lick the affected area, the dog may need to seek a veterinarian’s help to be treated. For more information regarding lick granuloma such as, what cause a dog to lick causing lick granuloma or are the certain breeds of dogs that get lick granuloma more often. These questions and many others may be answered by an Expert.
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