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lick

1. a block of compressed salt or chemical matter provided for domestic animals to lick for medicinal and nutritional purposes
2. a place to which animals go to lick exposed natural deposits of salt
3. Slang a short musical phrase, usually on one instrument
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French expat Christine Cariou said acupuncture worked wonders for her nine-year-old Somali cat diagnosed with acral lick granuloma, a complicated skin disorder which results typically from the animal's urge to lick the lower portion of one of its legs.
He was fine, but he also started the lick granuloma again--this time three of them.
A It is commonly held that dogs with a lick granuloma start to lick at normal skin and create all the damage seen.
One is a lick granuloma which can be due to both a psychogenic or infectious cause.
A lick granuloma can result from an insect bite, cut, skin infection, imbedded foreign object, allergic dermatitis, arthritis pain, deep-seated fungal infections, external parasites like scabies and demodex, skin cancer lesion, or inflamed nerves or neuropathies, or it might begin for no apparent reason.
While some behaviors won't result in physical debilitation, others--such as licking and flank-sucking--can turn into medical problems such as lick granuloma or skin infections.
While lick granulomas can have a physical cause, they may also be related to anxiety or boredom.
Honey infused with the herbs mentioned above is an effective dressing for cuts, surgical wounds, burns, lick granulomas, abrasions, hot spots, and infected wounds.
But when done to excess or in a self-mutilating manner as with lick granulomas, for the purpose of anxiety reduction, the routines become a misdirected or much-overdone variation on normal behavior.