Instinctively, dogs lick their own wounds to help with the healing process. And it does often work. However, we know that at times, wound licking may actually slow down the scarring process, and sometimes even result in a new infection and inflammation of the paw.
There are some sprays and creams that taste so bitter that your dog will avoid licking and chewing the area, but many dogs get used to the taste after few hours.
Bandaging the paw yourself or at the vet will help to make sure your dog doesn't lick that precise spot and allows for a better cicatrization. It also keeps the skin and paw away from the ground. Just like with us humans, the pressure of a tight bandage may also relieve pain itself.
However, some dogs will then start chewing the bandage to get rid of it. Having your dog wear a collar is the only sure option to avoid this counterproductive behavior.
We recommend using the ProCone Soft Recovery Collars from ZenPet. Make sure you choose the correct fit to ensure it stays on properly.