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Topic Title: how to get dog to stop licking hot spots?
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orvis
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Thu July 30, 2009 7:39 AM
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My older male lab recently developed a "hot spot" on his leg...we think it may have been a scratch or something, that he developed a habit of licking. It became larger, and infected, so the vet prescribed antibiotics as well as a topical cream, and a lampshade collar. That was about 10 days ago-the wound is healed (though no hair grown back yet), antibiotics are done, it looks much better. However, when I try to remove the collar, the dog immediately starts licking again.

Any experience with this? Any advice on how to break this habit? The collar is on it's last legs-it's now cracked & mended with duct tape...and it's such a pain-I'll be glad to get rid of it. I just don't want this problem to recurr again immediately...between our 2 dogs, we spent $1000 at the vet last month. We have to figure out how to break this habit.
 
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Thu July 30, 2009 7:56 AM
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It's extremely common. It's called "lick granuloma." Here's a good handout of strategies for dealing with it:

http://www.dogleggs.com/files/articles/LickGranuloma_March2009.pdf

Good luck! Susan

Edited: Thu July 30, 2009 at 8:06 AM by Shiplesp
 
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There used to be a bad tasting but harmless topical spray on anesthetic called americane i had some success with on surgical sites. i also believe that distract and rewarding for NOT licking is good and use that with my dogs now. Also suggest more more exercise if vet okays. Well exercised dogs are much less likely to get bored and lick or anxious and need to relieve by licking (two of the most common causes of lick granulomas). Don't let it become a habit is the biggest hurdle. Best of luck.

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Humans live mostly next door
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