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George got his tail amputated today. They did a laser surgery, put in a couple sutures. No bandages.

 

We got home, and in the last couple hours, I caught him lightly licking the sutures twice.

 

Should I run out and get an e-collar tonight? Or is some light, infrequent licking OK?

 

I don't have an e-collar right now. Not eager to get an e-collar because he probably won't get in the crate. We would have to baby gate him for the first time. Wife and I have to work Thursday and Friday. We will be around on the weekend to keep an eye on him.

 

I am ordering a Bite-Not Collar which should be here on Monday.

 

So what to do for Thursday and Friday while we are at work? E-collar with baby gate. Or leave hiim in the crate and hope he doesn't increase his licking?

 

Thanks,

 

Chris

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Sometimes putting Vicks Vapor Rub around (NOT on the sutures) will deter them from licking.

 

BenGay or Listerine works too.

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The bite-not collars are great. I used to have one around here, but doG only knows where it is now that we've moved.... :blink: :blink: If I had a clue where it was, I'd say come up and get it! (I have not seen it since we moved.... so theoretically... it could be anywhere.... :blush )

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The bite-not collars are great. I used to have one around here, but doG only knows where it is now that we've moved.... :blink: :blink: If I had a clue where it was, I'd say come up and get it! (I have not seen it since we moved.... so theoretically... it could be anywhere.... :blush )

 

lothianjavert,

 

Do you remember where you originally bought the bite-not collar from? Was it online or local?

 

I've been calling around local stores and vets, most know what I am talking about but haven't found anyone that actually carried it.

 

Thanks,

 

Chris

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I would think that any of the collars would likely not be effective as the dog would probably still be able to reach the area even with one on. I know my Kiowa was able to lick a wound on his front leg even with an E-collar on.

If it was me, I would try putting some kind pants on the dog like a pr of underwear or a pr of kids shorts or something. If he still tries to lick through them you could line the inside of them with a panty liner or something.

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I was also going to suggest a pair of shorts for him. When Ping had stitches on his shoulder he would lick it if he wasn't wearing a shirt. Once the shirt went on the licking stopped. Try a pair of gym shorts (particularly if you have a pair with a draw string to hold them up).

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It's down low on his tail, so shorts/shirt aren't going to help. In a pinch, the muzzle (with a stool guard, or duct-tap on just the front end) should work until you get a regular e- or bite-not collar.

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It's down low on his tail, so shorts/shirt aren't going to help. In a pinch, the muzzle (with a stool guard, or duct-tap on just the front end) should work until you get a regular e- or bite-not collar.

In that case a e-collar or bite-not is for sure not going to work. The dog will reach the area easily even with such a collar. I would suggest some kind of loose bandage on the tail and a muzzle with a stool guard in that case.

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If you are asking, they are probably licking too much. I would opt for some of the above advice.

 

 

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