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Companion Animal Practice
Canine acral lick dermatitis
  1. Sue Paterson

    Sue Paterson is director of dermatology at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital in St Helens. She has European and British diplomas in dermatology and is an RCVS specialist with a particular interest in otitis, equine dermatology and psychogenic skin disease.

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  2. Duncan Midgley

    Duncan Midgley is a partner at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital. He has a certificate in small animal orthopaedics and is also interested in traumatology.

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  3. Ian Barclay

    Ian Barclay is senior partner at Rutland House Veterinary Hospital. He has a certificate in small animal orthopaedics, and recently trained as a laser surgeon.

Abstract

ACRAL lick dermatitis in dogs is one of the most common and frustrating dermatological problems encountered in general practice. The condition is now accepted as being a multifactorial disease, and attempts to manage it with a single treatment modality are usually doomed to failure. This article discusses various contributory factors, or triggers, that have been recognised, and sets out a logical approach to the investigation of cases. Ultimately, the aim is to identify the underlying cause and provide targeted therapy for any infection, and behaviour modification to break the obsessive— compulsive cycle.

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