Hello!
This is my first post to this ng.
My rescued St. Bernard licks his front legs a lot. The saliva makes his legs an ugly reddish color.
I have heard that this might be due to allergies. Is this true?

Regardless of what causes it, how can I get him to stop? Is there any way to "get the red out" (sorry, couldn't resist)?
Thanks for any info you can give me.
Llew
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Hello! This is my first post to this ng. My rescued St. Bernard licks his front legs a lot. The ... there any way to "get the red out" (sorry, couldn't resist)? Thanks for any info you can give me. Llew

Hi Llew,
It could very well be allergies. The only way to know for sure is to take your dog to the Vet. Your Vet will be able to decide the best course of treatment.
Often allegies can be from the food you are feeding as well.
I would recommend going to the Vet first.
Gwen
Hi Llew, It could very well be allergies. The only way to know for sure is to take your dog ... Often allegies can be from the food you are feeding as well. I would recommend going to the Vet first.

agreed. to "get the red out", there are products for show dogs that do this, i think they're usually hydrogen peroxide based. check your pet store (or online) for products that remove tear or saliva stains.

-kelly
Allergies would be my first guess, but your veterinarian will have better information. It probably isn't his saliva causing the redness but the friction from his tongue.
Lia
(This message will invariably be followed by a vicious one from our resident lunatics. Could you ignore it? The rest of us have him killfiled. I'm trying to save time.)
Allergies would be my first guess, but your veterinarian will have better information. It probably isn't his saliva causing the redness but the friction from his tongue.

friction can change the color of a dog's fur? i had no idea.

-kelly
Allergies would be my first guess, but your veterinarian will ... saliva causing the redness but the friction from his tongue.

friction can change the color of a dog's fur? i had no idea. -kelly

Me either but this too is interesting.
I am just such a hypochondriac with my dogs
I go to the Vet at every sniffle or at least
contact her.
Gwen
Hello! This is my first post to this ng. My rescued St. Bernard licks his front legs a lot. The ... Is there any wayto "get the red out" (sorry, couldn't resist)? Thanks for any info you can give me. Llew

When dogs lick their front legs iut's usually something wrong with the skin on the leg, but it can also be a sign of pain. It somehow sooths the aching dog when it licks it's frontlegs.
So you should get your dog to a vet and get him thorougly checked out. I'm sure that if you go to a pet store you can find something that will get rid of the redness if it is really just stained fur - but you have to be sure the skin isn't irritated or infected before you use anything like that. How long have you had this dog? Could he be stressed? It might be a nervous habit (but i doubt it), and if your vet can't find any explanation for his behaviour then give him stuff to chew on and make him work a little so he doesn't get bored.
Rosa
HI
My rescued St. Bernard licks his front legs a lot.

STRESS and boredom
The saliva makes his legs an ugly reddish color.

This is called lick granuloma.
I have heard that this might be due to allergies. Is this true?

First it is caused by stress and boredom in my opinion. They are usually located on the front of the leg,down by the wrist,or by the paw.
Regardless of what causes it, how can I get him to stop? Is there any way to "get the red out" (sorry, couldn't resist)? Thanks for any info you can give me.

I would use some apple cider vinegar,or something to keep it dry,DO NOT BANDAGE, I would try to make sure he got mucho exercise mental and physical,and I was around a lot to keep his attention on something else,instead of the licking, (get a kong and stuff it with cookies ,peanut butter cheese)

IMO I would not put the dog on drugs .
Paulette~
Why do you doubt it?
I believe it is a lick granuloma due to stress and boredom.

PAulette~
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