Prevent the dog from scratching a wound

Do you share your home with a dog? So you’ve probably realized how complex the health of your pet can be, since our furry friends are susceptible to numerous conditions, just as it is with us.

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It is important that the owner has some basic knowledge about first aid in dogs, however, we should know that these are intended to carry out rapid and urgent intervention, but not to replace veterinary attention. It is very important that the dog goes to the veterinarian whenever he needs it, just as it is important for you to perform a proper follow-up at home.

If your puppy has suffered from some topical injury, then knowing how to prevent your puppy from scratching the wound is essential. To do this, keep reading this article from YourCatCareguide in which we will explain everything you need to know.

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Scratching and licking the wound

Surely after having been bitten by a mosquito it has scratched the sting non-stop, but this non-stop itching can cause a slight wound. But scratching a wound or injury that bothers us and causes pain is an instinctive act in all living things, especially in our companion animals, which retain their instincts to a greater degree than we do.

The main problem is that this instinctive act can be counterproductive for proper wound healing , in addition, excessive scratching and licking causes the release of substances that are pleasing to our dog, which turns this bad habit into a vicious circle. This same mechanism of lick-reward-lick is a causal factor of acral granuloma.

Elizabethan necklace

The Elizabethan necklace or Elizabethan necklace is widely used especially after surgery to prevent the dog from removing the stitches ahead of time.

It is a highly stressful plastic cone for dogs, as it deprives them of adequate vision and makes control over the environment less. A dog with an Elizabethan collar may manifest the following behavior :

  • Shocks against everyday objects
  • Do not want to walk
  • Growl and show your teeth if anyone approaches
  • You can not eat or drink water

Although the use of this cone is not very pleasant for our dog, sometimes it is the best option, especially when we are facing a post-surgical wound.

But we can make this experience more enjoyable for the dog, by never approaching him by surprise, speak to him before realizing that he is approaching, stay ahead of him to encourage him to walk, remove the furniture that are an obstacle for the pet and elevate its feeder and water fountain to be able to feed and hydrate without difficulty.


The use of a bandage as a tool to prevent the dog from biting and licking the wound will depend on the type of wound, the type of bandage and the behavior of the dog. Let’s take a closer look at these factors:

  • Wound : Not all wounds can be clogged with bandage. Usually those derived from a surgical intervention lead to bandaging before discharge, but in contrast, lighter ones, such as cuts, can benefit from contact with the outdoors.
  • Bandaging : A light bandage may not stop the harmful effects of licking and scratching the wound. While a thick and compressive bandage may already help, but this should be defined by the veterinarian.
  • Behavior : A dog firmly willing to scratch and lick the wound may be able to destroy even the most complex bandage, so promoting tranquility in the dog and watching it will be decisive to opt for one method or another.

Wound Protector

To protect those lighter wounds this can be an excellent option, while very comfortable for our pet. These are products in the form of spray or lotions that create a protective film on the wound, thus allowing a proper healing of the same.

They can be easily purchased in pharmacies, but it is very important that it is a product for veterinary use , in this sense the best option is to buy it at a pet store.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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    Emily Harris

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