Skin issues

Canine Lick Granulomas: If You Don’t Know What A Lick Granuloma Is, Count Your Blessings!

Canine Lick Granulomas: If You Don’t Know What A Lick Granuloma Is, Count Your Blessings!

If you’ve no idea what a lick granuloma is, count your blessings! What a nuisance they can be! The official name for this disease is acral lick dermatitis.  “Acral” refers to an extremity (leg), and “dermatitis” means inflammation of the skin. The “lick” represents the incessant licking behavior that causes the problem. Acral lick granulomas are skin sores that typically…

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Canine Papilloma Virus: Ralf’s Itchy Legs and Skin Lesions

Canine Papilloma Virus: Ralf’s Itchy Legs and Skin Lesions

Papillomas are benign, wart-like grows caused by a virus. They are prevalent in puppies or dogs with declined immune function. Often, papillomas have a unique cauliflower appearance. However, never assume what a growth is strictly by its look—papillomas can be smooth bumps too. In puppies, papillomas typically develop in and around the mouth or eyes. While oral papilloma is the…

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Common Dog Misdiagnoses: Skin Issues

Common Dog Misdiagnoses: Skin Issues

Veterinary (and human) medicine is at least as much of an art as it is a science.  What does this mean for dog owners? You should consider any diagnosis that your dog receives to be a “work in progress.” No vet would intentionally misdiagnose a dog. However, certain diseases are notoriously difficult to pin down. If your dog is not…

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