Stay current on PCCA news and events, market trends, and all things compounding! Atopic dermatitis is the most common reason for dog and cat owners to visit their local veterinary clinic. It also affects other species, such as horses and ferrets. In many cases, pet owners will approach a compounding pharmacist first before going to see their local veterinarian. This is a great opportunity for the compounder to show their value to the pet owner as well as the veterinarian who cares for the animal. What Is Atopic Dermatitis? Atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory, pruritic, allergic skin disease characterized by a hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to causative agents found in the environment of the animal.
Acral lick granuloma is caused by excessive, repeated licking of an area of skin, most often on the lower portion of a leg. Acral lick dermatitis also called lick granuloma in dogs is a condition that develops as a result of excessive, chronic licking. It usually occurs on the front part of the lower leg, often over the carpus wrist or metacarpus top of the paw. However, the lower hind limbs, tail, and flanks can also be affected. The constant licking causes inflammation in the skin which, over time, causes the skin in that area to become thickened.
Lick granuloma LG also known as acral lick dermatitis or acral pruritic nodule; acral meaning 'extremity' is a common canine dermatitis wherein repetitive licking results in the development of a well circumscribed, raised, firm, alopecic, eroded to ulcerated plaque or nodule. Lesions are most commonly found on the dorsal aspect of the front limb, anywhere from the metacarpal area to the elbow. LGs are less commonly noted over the metatarsus or tarsal or tibial regions. The etiology of LG is multi-factorial. Primary factors are defined as those that initiate the licking.