How to Keep Dog From Licking Wound

Ever seen a dog lick a scratch or boo-boo?

It’s something most dogs do, thinking they’re helping to make it better.

But sometimes, licking can make things worse!

If you’re asking, “How to Keep Dog From Licking Wound?”, you’re in the right place.

Let’s figure out why dogs do this and how we can help them stop.

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Wounds?

We’ve all been there – a little cut on the finger, and instinctively, we bring it to our mouth.

But for dogs, it’s a bit more complex.

First off, they think they’re helping.

In the wild, licking a wound can clean it out.

But our homes aren’t the wild, and sometimes, their idea of “helping” isn’t quite right.

Secondly, it might feel good to them.

Imagine the relief you get scratching an itch, and you’ll get the idea.

Their tongue over the wound provides temporary relief, even if it’s not the best thing in the long run.

What Happens If Dogs Lick Their Wounds Too Much?

The Bad News About Licking

Now, here’s the twist in the tale.

While dogs think they’re helping by licking, they might actually be doing the opposite!

Instead of healing, the wound might not heal at all.

Think of it like this: what happens when you keep picking at a scab?

It takes forever to get better, right?

Dogs’ mouths, just like ours, have a bunch of tiny creatures (germs) that can make the wound worse.

This means that by licking, they could get even sicker.


Signs The Wound Is Getting Worse

Let’s put on our detective hats for a moment.

If your dog’s wound looks red and puffy, like it’s super angry, that’s clue number one.

Then, there’s the smell.

If you bend down close and it smells bad – worse than regular doggy smells – that’s clue number two.

Lastly, dogs have a special way of talking without words.

If your dog seems more tired than usual, doesn’t play as much, or just looks sad, they’re probably telling you they’re not feeling great.

How To Stop The Licking

Let’s be heroes for our dogs and save them from their own tongues!

But how?

The Big Cone (E-Collar)

Ever seen a dog with what looks like a lampshade around their head?

It’s called an E-collar, and while it may seem funny (and make for some adorable photos), it’s a dog’s best friend when healing.

It stops them from reaching the wound, making sure it stays clean and safe.

The Soft Ring (Inflatable Collar)

Now, if the big cone seems too much, there’s a softer, comfier version.

Imagine a travel pillow, but designed for dogs!

The inflatable collar is just that.

It lets them rest their head comfortably while also keeping their wound safe from those sneaky licks.

Special Doggy Clothes

If we wear clothes to protect ourselves, why can’t dogs?

Enter the leg sleeve – think of it like a protective sock that guards the hurt spot.

And for the fashion-forward pups, recovery suits are the way to go.

It’s a full outfit that ensures they heal in style, all while keeping them from licking!

Fun Tricks To Distract Your Dog

Sometimes, the best way to keep your dog away from that pesky wound is simply to grab their attention with something even more exciting.

Think about it.

What kid will notice a scratch on their knee if you hand them a big, colorful lollipop?

Well, dogs aren’t much different!

Toys And Chews

Has your furry friend ever gotten a brand-new toy?

Their eyes light up, their tail wags like a helicopter, and for the next few hours, that toy is the center of their universe.

If your dog is focused on a wound, a new toy can be that shiny distraction they need.

Or better yet, what about something tasty to chew on?

Not only will a flavorful chew keep their mouths busy (and away from the wound!), but it’ll also give them some fun munching time.

It’s like giving a teething baby a soothing toy to nibble on!

Learn New Tricks

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but that’s just a myth.

Dogs of all ages love to learn, especially when there’s a tasty reward involved.

How about teaching them to give you a high-five or play dead?

Every time they get it right, surprise them with a yummy treat.

They’ll be so engrossed in mastering their new skill, they’ll forget all about the itch they wanted to lick.

Plus, next time you have friends over, your pup can show off their new skills!

No one likes to see their furry friend in discomfort, and it can be a challenge to keep them from licking their wounds.

But with the right mix of protection, distraction, and a sprinkle of patience, you can ensure your dog’s speedy recovery.

Whether it’s through toys, learning new tricks, or even just some extra cuddles, always remember: it’s all for their best.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, lick-free healing journey for your dog!

Before You Go…

Now you know how to keep dogs from licking wounds.

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Mena Emad, DVM
Mena has a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. His expertise, passion for animal welfare, extensive knowledge, and experience in the field of veterinary medicine make him an excellent resource for our readers.