Licking a wound can be a good thing and a bad thing. On the one hand, it’s important for dogs to clean their wounds, so they can help prevent infection or infection from spreading. On the other hand, if your dog keeps licking their wound, it may get infected—and that’s not good. In this article, we’ll show you how to keep your pup from licking their wounds so they heal properly and stay healthy.
Use an Anti-Lick Cone
An anti-lick cone can be a lifesaver, but it’s important to make sure your dog is wearing it properly.
- To put one on, place the cone behind their ears and fasten it in front with Velcro. Make sure that the top of the cone is even with your pet’s nose so they can breathe easily—if necessary, cut the top off of an old plastic jug or milk carton in order to make it shorter (but not too short).
- It may take some time for your dog to get used to having this “helmet” on; give them treats before putting their cones on (and whenever they seem nervous) and praise them every time they walk calmly around as if nothing happened!
Wrap the Wound
If your dog has a wound, it’s important to protect the wound from other dogs and dirt. The best way to do this is by wrapping it in bandages (or another material) as tightly as possible. If you don’t have bandages, try towels or socks—anything that is absorbent and can wrap around the area.
Keep Your Dog Distracted and Their Mind Off Their Wounds
When your dog is licking their wounds, there are a few different things you can do to distract them. Some of these include:
- A laser pointer or other toy that they can chase around the house
- A chew toy
- Food rewards (like treats) when they stop licking their wound(s) for a minute or two
- A treat dispenser, like the Kong or Pet Tutors Treat Dispenser Toy
- Puzzle toys like the Buster Cube or Busy Buddy Activity Toys
- Kongs filled with peanut butter or wet food inside them (you can also use a Kong as an activity toy by putting kibble inside and freezing it)
The key here is a distraction! When your pup’s mind is occupied with something else besides their wound(s), he’ll be less likely to lick them until he gets bored and moves on to another activity.
Tape a Piece of Paper or Balloon Over the Wound
Tape a Piece of Paper or Balloon Over the Wound
If your dog has a wound, you can use tape to cover it. It’s important to note here that tape isn’t going to do anything in terms of healing—it’s just going to keep your pup from licking at their injury. For example, if they’ve had stitches after surgery and they’re still licking them out of habit or anxiety, putting some tape over their stitches will help prevent them from doing so. Similarly, if your dog just has some scrapes on their legs and paws (or any other part), you can use tape to cover the area so that they won’t lick them further. You can either use plain old Scotch tape or duct tape; both will work fine for this purpose!
Put Something Bitter on the Wound
A bitter apple spray is a good option for dogs who like to lick their wounds. It can also be used on other parts of the body as well, such as hot spots, that you might find your dog licking. Bitter apple spray is not safe for cats and small children should not handle it.
Inflatable Pet Collar
You can use an inflatable pet collar to keep your dog from licking its wound.
- Inflate the collar
- Get out your inflatable pet collar and make sure it’s not plugged in (if it is, unplug it).
- Put the collar on your dog’s neck, making sure that it isn’t too tight or too loose—you want to be able to slide at least two fingers between their skin and the inside of the collar when they’re wearing it, as well as being able to easily insert a finger into each vent hole without straining yourself.
- Turn on your air pump and let it fill up until you reach around 80% inflation (a gauge will appear on most pumps). This should be enough air pressure for most wounds but may require further adjustment if necessary based on how much air was left in your pump before inflating the first time; see below for instructions about how often you should check this!
Keeping your dog from licking its wound is easier with the right tools.
- Using the right tool for the job. There are several ways to keep your dog from licking their wound, and not all of them are suitable for all kinds of wounds or situations. You should choose a method that works with your dog’s personality and needs. For example, if your pet is generally anxious or afraid around strangers, then having someone unfamiliar come into their home unannounced may make them more likely to lick their wound out of fear. In this case, you might try using something like an Elizabethan collar (also known as an E-collar) instead.*
A recovery suit, also known as a Richmond suit, is a special garment that helps prevent a dog from licking its wounds. This is important because licking can cause infection and scarring. The suit keeps the wound covered so that it can heal properly.
Recovery suits are usually made of cotton material and come in many colors to match your dog’s personality or style! Some suits have Velcro fasteners on the sides to make them easy to put on and take off; others are simply slipped over your furry friend’s head with no fuss at all!
There are several benefits of using these special clothes: they keep your pet warm while they’re healing; they provide an alternative way for them to scratch their back (instead of biting themselves); they allow you more time together without worrying about the injury; it’s fun! These things will help ensure both safeties as well as comfort throughout recovery time for both humans and animals alike!
What Will Happen If My Dog Keeps Licking the Wound?
Unfortunately, if your dog keeps licking a wound, the injury is likely to get worse. If they lick the wound too much, they could cause an infection or actually tear the scab off of the area. This would expose it to germs and dirt that can cause an infection.
If your dog has been injured by another dog or animal and keeps licking at his wounds, there is also a risk of him becoming dehydrated from loss of blood (if there was significant bleeding) as well as from water loss through sweating due to stress from being in pain/anxiety about getting hurt again. This can lead to organ failure if not treated quickly enough!
If your pet continues this behavior for weeks on end without treatment then their immune system may become compromised due to malnutrition caused by not eating well due to feeling sickly after doing so much damage through constant chewing/licking on themselves during healing periods which could last up until 6 months depending on severity.”
How Can You Tell If Your Dog’s Wound Is Infected From Licking?
If you have a dog with a wound, it’s important to know if that wound is infected.
Signs of an infection include:
- Discharge from the wound
- Redness around or near the wound
- Increased pain around or near the wound, including when you touch it
If your pet is showing any of these symptoms after licking their bandage/wound area, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
Can you wrap a dog’s wound to stop licking
- Wrap the wound. If the bandage isn’t going to do it, wrap a piece of clothing around your dog’s neck and affix it securely, then cover it with another layer of cloth.
- Use a cone. A cone-shaped collar might look silly on your dog, but it can be very effective at preventing them from licking their wounds as long as you can get them used to wearing one in advance (or when they’re otherwise distracted). A vet may also be able to provide special splints that keep dogs from moving their limbs much while still allowing them some freedom of movement.
- Use a collar or harness and leash. You could also try using gentle leashes like those made from rope or leather if you don’t want your dog to wear anything on his head—just make sure he doesn’t get loose so he can lick himself! Most likely though, if there’s nothing around his neck then he’ll just start chewing through whatever material is near him instead…
Why do dogs lick their wounds so much?
When your dog licks their wounds, they may be doing so for one of several reasons. The first is that the wound itself tastes good, and licking it is a way for them to ingest some of the blood on their body. This can also be a result of being in pain; dogs have an increased sensitivity to pain in their mouths compared with humans, so when they are hurt they lick the afflicted area more than humans would.
Another reason dogs lick their wounds is because they’re bored or stressed out. If you’ve ever seen an anxious person at the dentist or doctor’s office (or anywhere else) frantically licking their lips or fidgeting with objects around them, then you know how stress relieving that action can be—it helps calm them down by distracting them from whatever’s causing anxiety in the first place! Similarly, if your dog finds itself stuck inside all day while you’re at work and unable to do things like go outside or play fetch with them during lunch breaks every day like usual… well then maybe he’ll start licking his paws instead!
Now that you know how to keep your dog from licking its wounds, you can rest easy knowing it won’t be hurting itself. If your dog does start licking their wounds again, try one of these tips and see if it helps. If not, contact your vet for more options on how to treat this behavior problem.