6 Subtle Signs Your Pet May Be Sick AUTHOR: Anita Ginsberg The fact that your dog or cat can’t talk doesn’t mean they can’t tell you they aren’t feeling well. It’s just a matter of recognizing the signs. Even if there could be other excuses for your pet’s change in behavior, some argue that it … Read more
Why Does My Dog Eat Poop? Does your dog have an unusual appetite for stool? I had a reader ask me, “Why does my dog eat poop?” It’s not a pleasant thought. The habit of dogs eating poop is known as coprophagy (derived from the Greek κόπρος copros, “feces” and φαγεῖν phagein, “to eat”. If you’ve been around puppies … Read more
How to Trim Your Dog’s Toenails Unless your dog runs around on hard surfaces that help to keep toenails short, you have to keep the nails clipped to a reasonable length. If you can hear the nails clicking on a hard surface, or if they get snagged on the carpet, it’s time for a trim. You can get … Read more
How to Care for Your Older Dog As your dog owner, you should know that care for your older dog becomes somewhat different than when he was younger and, perhaps, healthier. Just as in humans, their systems slow down, arthritis may set in, disease may pop up. They become senior citizens, and just humans’ needs change, so … Read more
Pet Grooming for the Changing Seasons Taking Care of Your Pet’s Skin, Coat, and Nails Pet grooming for the changing seasons is essential. As the mercury rises and falls, changes in air pressure and humidity can impact pets’ skin, coat, and nail quality. Follow these guidelines to help keep your dogs and cats looking and feeling their best … Read more
Make Car Rides Less Stressful We’ve all seen dogs in cars – heads out the window, tongues wagging in the breeze. They look like they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. For many pet owners, however, the reality is a bit different. There are lots of dogs that get sick in the … Read more
By Dr. Becker
Acral lick dermatitis, or ALD, is an injury caused by chronic licking that leads to inflammation and irritation of the skin.
If the licking occurs in one central spot that becomes thickened over time, it’s called an acral lick granuloma. A lick granuloma is a firm, raised, and ulcerated area of the skin that doesn’t heal because the kitty’s constant attention prevents the open wound from closing. The licking and inflammation make the skin itchy, which causes more licking, and a vicious cycle of licking and itching can occur.
Acral lick dermatitis can occur in any cat of any age and either gender. The condition is much more common in dogs than in cats, but because it can occur in cats and I’ve had requests for a video, here it is!
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How to Safely Remove a Tick From a Dog Or a Cat … or Yourself! If you find a tick attached to your dog’s or cat’s skin, or your own, there’s no need to panic. Let me show you how to safely remove a tick from a dog, cat, or YOU! There are several tick … Read more