When Sampson first presented with what we thought was a lick granuloma, I couldn’t contain myself.
I googled lick granuloma. Among all the other information provided by Wikipedia the line that jumped out at me was Lick granuloma is a form of self-trauma.
The hair on my body stood on end, my heart dropped into my stomach and my mind screamed, my dog’s a cutter.
Then I thought, oh my God, my neurosis has worn off on the dog. I’ve made my dog nuts.
A small, sane portion of my head said, wait a minute. There have been no major changes in your life, no changes to their schedules, why would he lose his milk bones now?
I took a deep breath and decided that Wikipedia is not my friend and I did more research. I found out there can be underlying causes to make a dog lick, one of which is pain.
I had to face the reality that Sampson is eight years old and it is not out of the realm of possibility that he could have the beginnings of arthritis in his joints.
As you know, I did try treating him at home but that did not stop the licking so off he went to the vet where he was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury.
He has been on medication for the injury and he is definitely feeling better, but I learned a valuable lesson about diagnosing my dog and trying to treat him at home.
Note to self, my dog is smart, when he calls attention to an area of his body, it is my responsibility to make sure he gets the help he needs.
A dog this cool, is NOT a cutter.
What types of things does your dog tell you? And do you read the signs or are you like me and kind of slow on the uptake?