Just like humans do, dogs also tend to scratch irritating and itchy wounds. Whether your dogs got the wound from a surgical incision or attack by other dogs or other wild animals wound, the neck is very common in dogs.
Another possible cause of dog scratching neck is allergy. For example, some dogs are allergic to metallic collars.
When your dog consistently scratches the neck, bleeding and inflammation can occur and cause a localized infection around the neck.
If this is not noticed on time, the infection can spread to the rest of the neck region, such as the ears. Keeping your dog from scratching a wound is not a simple task.
How to keep a dog from scratching a neck wound.
Keeping your dog from scratching a wound is the most important thing to ensure your dog’s wound’s quick healing process.
Some measures can be put in place to keep your dog from scratching a neck wound. They include:
Applying anti-itching cream or ointment onto the wound
Fortunately, you can pick some anti-itching creams at a nearby vet or order online. Ointments will gently make them feel numb and prevent the dog from feeling the urge to scratch.
Unfortunately, anti-itching cream and ointments are only applicable to scratch wounds; deep cuts such as surgical incision, which are very itchy anti-itching cream will not work for this case.
If you apply the anti-itching cream, ensure you keep an eye on your dog, make sure she does not lick the cream as it may have some poisonous ingredients.
Use of Neck Collar
There are different types of neck collars that are highly effective in preventing your dog from scratching wounds on the neck and neck regions.
An example of these collars is the Elizabeth collar (which was named after the fashion dresses used in the old days), also known as E-collar, Buster collar, pet radar dish, pet lamp-shade, dog-saver, or cone of shame that keeps the dog from licking its own body or from scratching neck and face.
You should ensure that you buy a size that will keep the dog from scratching its body and also allow them to feed.
If you use a larger size, ensure to take it off temporarily during mealtime, and it should be placed back immediately after your dog finish feeding.
Use of bandage
Dressing the wound of your dog should be another idea that should come to your mind.
Use stretchable cotton gauze and dress around the wounded neck to cover the open wound.
Dressing not only helps in protecting the wound from scratch but also from dust.
When a wound is kept sterile, the healing process becomes quicker easier.
Use of dog T-shirt
After dressing the wounded neck in cotton gauze, put the dog’s T-shirt on.
A T-shirt acts as a reinforcement, and your dog will not be able to cause further damage to the wound.
How to Keep a Dog From Scratching a Sore
Dogs often scratch due to various reasons: allergies, pain/irritation, boredom, and parasite infestation.
When it comes to soreness, irritation is the main reason they scratch it.
A sore such as an abscess usually is infected, and these infections make the sore region more painful and very irritating.
Any measure taken to reduce pain and irritation will greatly help in recovering of the sore.
Use of Chew Toys
This method should be first tried before any other method can be deployed. As we have seen earlier, dogs tend to scratch themselves due to boredom.
Chew toys can keep dogs preoccupied long enough to make them forget the urge to scratches their sore.
You can get this toy at your nearest vet, or you can get it online. There are different kinds of toys available.
Some such ones with treats inside them are the most advance and distract your dog completely, especially when the dog tries to take out the treats.
Pet cones have proven useful, especially when the dog has got neck and head region sores. This is a method effective, especially when it is used consistently; the method is very effective.
Use of Inflatable Collar
They serve the same purpose as Elizabeth collars.
Inflatable collars cost more money than Elizabeth’s collar, but they are effective.
It is useful in preventing the dog from scratching a sore in the neck region and the head.
Use of Dog Boots
These are similar to gloves or socks. When they are properly put on, they prevent excess damage to the sore.
The impact put by the dog during scratching is not enough to cause any significant injury to the sore.
How to keep a dog from scratching a wound
Preventing your dog from scratching a wound is important as it prevents the dog from getting further pain and injury to the wound.
That will also help you save money by reducing or eliminating the vet bills.
Scratching, in addition to wound damage, can cause inflammation and wound infection. Scratching exposes the wound to bacteria and fungi infestation.
The following are measures you can put in place to prevent your dog from scratching the wound.
Putting cold compress to the wound
Cold compress causes numbness to the wound area, which will minimize the dog’s urge to scratch or even lick.
Use of anti-itching ointment
This method applies especially to small wounds. It has a limitation because it cannot be used for deep wounds such as those resulting from surgery.
Use of anti-licking spray and bandage
After dressing the dog’s wound in cotton gauze, spray no licking spray to keep the dog from licking the wound.
Licking the gauze will make the area wet.
Wetness promotes the growth of fungi and bacteria, which may end up infecting the wound.
Use of Positive and Negative Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement includes activities such as playing, which keep the dog preoccupied.
In the end, the dog will feel tired and will spend much time sleeping. A sleeping dog will not scratch the wound.
Negative reinforcement may be used as the last option since it causes stress to the dog and may worsen the condition and make the itching even worse.
Negative responses, such as yelling at the dog whenever it starts to scratch, are involved in this method.
There is a benefit in preventing a dog’s urge to scratch the wound; as we have seen, scratching causes further damage to the wound, resulting in additional vet bills.
Since a dog’s wounds and sores are inevitable, try and adopt the above methods to recover your dog.