Acral Lick Granuloma
Just wanted to thank you kind folks at DogLeggs for doing what you do. It is truly amazing how much the full length adjustable dogleggs have worked for our dog Emma. She was suffering with a lick granuloma on her right leg for just over a year. We tried everything our vet suggested. He finally said that "it is just something we would have to live with". That is when we got on the internet and found your site. Our vet said that if we covered her bad leg that she would just start licking the other one. So when we saw the full length adjustable dogleggs we felt this would be the ticket. Sure enough, as you can see from the attached pictures, her leg is almost completely healed in just three weeks. Best of all we stopped the OCD medicine our Vet prescribed for her.
We had already tried keeping her busier, giving her more chew toys, and even rub downs but she was in such a habit by this time that I don't think anything would have worked short of trying your doleggs. She also loves wearing them. We tell her it's time to put on her dress and she comes over wagging her tail as if she is doing something special.
We don't go out of town much but when we do we are fortunate to have the best dog sitter. She is a certified nurse but prefers dogs to people. She was also very impressed by your products and Emma's progress and has recommended you to several of her clients.
Thank you again for the care you put into all of your products.
Emma's leg before DogLeggs - 10/18/08
Emma's wearing her Full Length DogLeggs12/18/08
Emma's leg 12/18/08
In December 2006 I placed an order for a pair of DogLeggs for my 8 year old Corgi, Bailey. Bailey developed a lick granuloma after we moved into a new home in 2002. I tried EVERY treatment know to man and vet, with no success. Within 3 weeks of using her new DogLeggs, the 4+ year old granula disappeared and has not returned. She stopped wearing her "p.j.'s" in mid February.
Merck Veterinary Manual (www.merckvetmanual.com) defines a Acral Lick Granuloma (Acral Lick Dermatitis):
Compulsive licking has the following necessary condition: licking in excess of that required for standard grooming or exploration. The following condition is sufficient: licking in excess of that required for grooming or exploration that represents a change in the animal’s typical behavior and interferes with other activities or functions (eg, eating, drinking, playing, interacting with people) and cannot easily be interrupted. The sufficient condition describes the characteristic manifestations of all obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD): repetitive, out-of-context behaviors that are not interrupted by conventional stimuli (social or gustatory) for more than a short period, and that consistently interfere with the animal’s ability to engage in what were formerly normal behaviors for that age and species. This form of licking can be directed at self (grooming) or toward floors, shiny objects, etc (exploratory). More extreme behaviors are associated with compulsive licking than with excessive licking, which may be just a subset of OCD (see below). It is not clear if the forms of the OCD are indicative of varying neuroanatomic or neurophysiologic pathogeneses. It is also possible that compulsive licking and excessive licking are merely 2 recognizable points on a continuum. Diagnosis of OCD is usually made only when the condition is fully developed—early stages are understudied. Compulsive and excessive licking are also seen in cats.
Obsessive-compulsive disorders have the following necessary condition: repetitive, stereotypic motor, locomotory, grooming, ingestive, or hallucinogenic behaviors that occur out-of-context to their normal occurrence, or in a frequency or duration in excess of that required to accomplish the ostensible goal. The following condition is sufficient: as above, in a manner that interferes with the dog’s ability to otherwise normally function in its social environment. Although it can be debated whether animals can obsess, it appears that they perceive and experience concern; therefore, it is likely that they can obsess. A separate issue is that of relative intensity, ie, whether a behavior is excessive, or whether a manifestation of an OCD may be a determination of degree. Careful description and recording of behaviors and their durations could provide data that would permit evaluation of the extent to which such behaviors may lie on a continuum. Good histories and observation are important because in some peculiar forms, OCD could resemble seizure-like activity. By definition, some epileptic or seizure-like activity is stereotypic, which is one reason why this explicit and specific diagnosis category is preferable to that of stereotypic behavior. Cats also exhibit OCD. In both cats and dogs, OCD runs in families and, therefore, breed lines. In dogs, the form of OCD exhibited appears to be affected by the jobs/tasks for which the breed was selected (eg, herding breeds often chase their tails).