Moderate, not obsessive, wound licking

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Erica
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Moderate, not obsessive, wound licking

Post by Erica » Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:03 pm

Delta scraped up his carpal/stopper pad badly - about half of the skin is just gone. He has been licking it maybe six times total throughout the day, for maybe a minute, and usually stops before I ask him to.

If a dog is moderate in their wound licking, should we still take steps to prevent it? I know obsessive licking should be curbed.
Delta, standard poodle, born 6/30/14

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Nettle
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Re: Moderate, not obsessive, wound licking

Post by Nettle » Tue Jun 21, 2016 2:43 am

I always let it happen. Dog saliva has a healing component in it. I can't recall the name but no doubt a Search would call it up. :)

After all, it would be a pretty major design fault in Nature if wound-licking were to be bad!
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Re: Moderate, not obsessive, wound licking

Post by Erica » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:31 am

That was my thinking - so as long as he's not obsessing over it and it seems well (no infection or hot spot stuff developing) I'll let him attend to it as he pleases :) Thanks Nettle!
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