Duke McNamara

My dog is licking his incision site from his recent nuter. The "Lamp shade" coller is not working. Should I worry?

Asked by Duke McNamara on Feb 1st 2008 in Health & Wellness
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Gray Dawn Treader

Get a larger collar, if it is not working it is too small!

Gray Dawn Treader answered on Feb 1st.

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What do you mean by not working? How long ago was his neuter? You may want to get a bigger one if he can still reach the area. He should not be licking it though.

Member 497436 answered on 2/1/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


It might itch and he is proably wondering where that "thing" that he had went. It is not harmful to lick it a few times but if he keeps licking it he could open something up. Watch him and if it becomes a problem just take him to the place he was neutered and ask for a bigger "lamp shade" (what are they called?) It is supposed to stop them so obviously it is to small.

Frosti answered on 2/1/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I agree that the collar isn't the right size. If the collar is on correctly and is the correct size, it should work well.

Basically, the incision is probably itchy (you know how it feels when you have a cut and the skin is healing over it can be itchy and have a tight feeling to it.) He's probably reacting to that little bit of discomfort and it is natural for him to want to lick.

You really shouldn't let him lick since they usually don't stop there. They can lick or bite out the stitches (or undo the glue, if that's been used in place of stitches.)

Also, the incision should not be allowed to get wet as long as the stitches are in there. So, licking isn't great in that respect, either. Look for any unusual redness or irritation or heat coming from the incision as these can be signs of infection and need vet treatment.

Your vet should be able to just give you a new collar that fits better. Good luck!

Jack answered on 2/1/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


get a larger e-collar and confine him to small area, no running/jumping within the first week of a neuter. Licking the incision site can cause infection (just ask Buddy) and he'd get his e-collar off in 5 seconds no matter how tight we put it on. We even had the special kind that attaches to the collar. Some dogs will worm their way around the collar to get to the incision site. With Buddy, we did everything and ultimately had to keep him on meds and keep our fingers crossed. Our last resort was sedation. His incision site DID get infected from him licking it, but we are also talking about a rescue that is over 5 years old and NEVER been crated, leashed, or wore an e-collar. He's an old farm dog. You should have better luck keeping an e-collar on your boy. Please don't let him lick the incision, it can go south VERY quickly even if he isn't able to rip out the sutures. And that infection takes a while to get rid of. Over 2 wks of antibiotics all because he wouldn't stop licking!!

Buddy answered on 2/1/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer