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Old 10-08-2014, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My puppy (4.5 mos) got a scrape on his left front shoulder a couple of weeks ago when he attempted a crate escape. It wasn't a big scrape, but once it started to heal it got itchy and he started scratching at it. Now it's way worse than it was originally because we can't keep him from scratching.

If the scrape was on the back leg, we could use a cone. But how do you stop a dog from using his back leg to scratch his front shoulder? Or is there something we can use that will ease the itch so that he stops scratching?
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Old 10-08-2014, 12:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Our cat had a gash on his neck (in front couple inches down from his chin) that was simply not able to heal since he kept scratching it open as soon as a scab would form. I bought a turtleneck shirt size 18 mos. and wrestled this on him (now I have healing to do... lol). I cleaned the wound with peroxide on a cotton ball each day for 4 days since it was covered by the shirt and I did not want to cause an infection in it by trapping dirt in there. At the end of the 5th day it was healed enough that the scab had come off on its own so I removed the shirt (another wrestling match but no wounds for me this time). Maybe something like this may help protect his shoulder until it has a chance to heal more?
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Lol, I didn't even think about making him wear a shirt! But that would definitely work, although he might be embarrassed in front of all his doggie friends... I'm sure we have a t-shirt somewhere that would fit him well enough. Great, easy idea!

He's off to my mom's tomorrow night because I'm going on vacation out to Halifax for 2 weeks (sooo excited, never been to the east coast before!) so I'll fill her in. Will have to get him used to it tonight so he doesn't have too many new/strange experiences tomorrow.

Haha, poor you! I can't imagine putting a turtleneck on a cat. He must have looked hilarious! Do you have pictures??
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I wish I had gotten pics... I may have to put it back on just to get some... lol He is an outdoor cat so it was funny to see him hunting the back field with a red turtleneck on... He is an orange tiger so it REALLY stood out...

You might need to use a longer sleeve to make sure he cannot get his paw up under it... take pics... lol

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Vetericyn spray, follow up with raw organic coconut oil on the wound, helps take itch out too
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