I have a 4 year old Choc Labador who for the past two years licks her front legs between the knee and toe until they are open wounds nearly to the bone. I was told it is a mental disorder like OCD. She is on predisone but it is not helping. She has two large bleeding wounds now. I have them guazed w/bacitracin and wrapped to keep her from licking any more. We are very frustrated and need to know how to stop this or will we need to consider putting her down to avoid her doing irrepairable damage.
Type of Animal: choc labador
Pet's Gender: female
Pet's Age: 4 years
steriodsd and a spray which makes her lick more.
We cannot afford serious injury and our vet seems to feel that it is an issues we will just have to live with.
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What you are likely describing is an Acral Lick GranulomaLINKIn cases like this, it is often allergy related, although pain and anxiety are also known to play a role.The treatment is often a combination of antihistamines and steroids, antibiotics for secondary infections as well as testing such as x-rays to make sure there is not a local bone problem or other soucre of pain leading to the lickingif OCD, then medications such as Prozac are used.
Prozac was not even mentioned by my vet. She is a wonderful dog. Never alone and is loved richly. She sleeps with me and my husband (curled into my legs) every night. I am worried this will never end.
The above link will help as this is what your description is consistent with.
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