Guide Dogs for Veterans With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Guide Dogs for Veterans

Guide Dogs for Veterans is one of the many valuable programs offered by The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF).  This TV commercial shows the assistance a veteran dog can offer in helping a military veteran who is coping with severe war-related trauma. KNGF, established in 1935, has been training guide dogs for visually impaired people for more than … Read more

Ukrainian Stray Dog Sings With One Man Street Performer

Ukrainian stray dog sings

Ukrainian Stray Dog Sings With a One Man Street Show This Ukrainian stray dog sings to the beautiful sounds of street performer Sergei Ivanovich, getting them lots of attention from passersby! Ivanovich, who plays his clarinet regularly in Dnipropetrovsk’s European Square, says he set up his folding chair and sat down to play when a … Read more

Hidden Conditions Could Make Your Pet Lick Excessively

Hidden Conditions Could Make Your Pet Lick Excessively

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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