Gracie doesn't lick at hers. At first I was putting panalog cream on it (a triple antibiotic cream from the vet) but that made her want to lick. Now I put Udder Cream (similar to Bug Balm) when it looks bad. She likes to run & slide in the yard as well as sleep on the plastic pan in her crate. I put bath towels down in her crate and that seems to help.