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 Post subject: wounds on dog
PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 2:41 pm 

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Location: Dallas
Our black lab has a wound on the tip of his tail that will not heal because he will not quit bothering it. He rips off every type of bandage we try. We have tried an e-collar, bitter apple, and habanero pepper juice to no avail. Does anyone have any ideas besides hiring a pet sitter to watch him 24/7? I am tired of the blood on my clothes and the walls of my house. :(


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2003 4:15 pm 

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I don't know how practical this is, but I suppose a person could try treating the area with an itch suppressant, cleaning and/or bandaging it, applying an antibiotic ointment, and then caging him in a very narrow restraint that wouldn't allow him to turn his head to reach the tail. He'd have to be taken out for exercise and for bathroom breaks, and if he's a nervous sort, mild sedation might be needed. I also wonder if a more serious anestethic, along with the E-collar, might keep him away from it long enough to heal. There I'm thinking lidocaine, probably in a prescription ointment, applied enough and often enough to stop the itching sensation as the wound heals--or long enough to where a milder itch suppressant can take over. I doubt if prednisone and herbal products are potent enough to repress the sensation enough at the beginning. It seems a little unsuual that a proper-sized E-collar wouldn't prevent mouth-tail access, so maybe you could re-consider the collar size. Obviously, be sure to check or have the vet check the wound for infection or parasites and use good hygiene and probably a topical antibiotic. I'm not sure but what it might heal faster if it wasn't bandaged, but you're in a better position to judge that; I persoanlly haven't tried, or investigated using, the liquid bandage products on animals, but it might be worth considering. It can be a bit of a chore to keep dogs and cats from picking at scabs/healing wounds. Good luck.

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 Post subject: Aloe
PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2004 3:15 pm 

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Location: Abbott, Texas 76621
I think the best thing you can give your dog right now is 'George's Aloe' juice. I give the aloe to my dog in her water dish. She can't tell the difference because the aloe tastes like spring water. I think it is the best thing for my dog to have in her daily diet. It heals from the inside out. There is also a 'George's Aloe' gel that you could constantly put on your dog's tail. I used the gel for my dog's scratched pad on her foot and it healed up right away. If you want more information about the aloe, let me know and I'll see what I can find out.

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