While yucca is definitely a safer alternative to synthetic steroids, it should be used in moderation. It should be used to treat a specific condition rather than for everyday, regular use. If it needs to be used over a longer timeframe, make sure to give your dog a couple of days off every week from yucca. Too much yucca can irritate the digestive tract and may reverse its benefits, according to Herbs for Pets. ( Dosing for the dried and powdered root is a 1/2 teaspoon per pound of food. But check with your holistic vet if you are ever unsure.)
Lick granulomas are often very difficult to treat because the skin is so thoroughly damaged by the time the pet sees the veterinarian. This is why early detection and treatment are so important.
One of the most important parts of treatment is determining the cause of your pet’s obsessive licking so that they can stop. If the pet is licking because of an allergy, infection, skin condition, parasite, or foreign object, your veterinarian will recommend the appropriate course of treatment. For psychogenic causes -- such as boredom, anxiety, or OCD -- behavioral therapy and medications may be required.
Treatment for the lesion itself will depend on the severity of the wound. Common treatment options include: