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What is a lick glanuloma? Why does my dog lick his leg?

Dogs can be so puzzling when they constantly lick their legs or paws.  A lick granuloma can result from the dog’s constant linking the lower portion of their legs. The lick granuloma is actually a lesion that can initially be red, swollen, irritated, and bleeding, similar to a hot spot (wet eczema). The dog’s incessant licking of the lesion eventually results in a thickened, firm, oval plaque. The most common cause appears to be psychological, related to stress, anxiety, separation anxiety, boredom, or compulsiveness. Lick granulomas are especially seen in active dogs left alone for long periods of time. One … Continue reading

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