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How to Keep a Dog From Licking Its Wound

    • 1). Measure the distance from the tip of the dog's nose to where its collar rests on its neck.

    • 2). Add 1 to 2 inches to this measurement. This will be how wide the collar needs to be.

    • 3). Loosen the dog's collar until it can slide easily over the dog's head.

    • 4). Measure the diameter of the collar when it is fastened to a point that can be slid over the dog's head.

    • 5). Put the collar back on the dog and tighten it to its normal diameter.

    • 6). Find an appropriate container. Elizabethan collars can be made from heavy paper or light plastic, and will be wide enough to comfortably fit the dog's head. The container should have sides that are as tall as the measurement you found in Step 1. A large dog might need a plastic bucket, while a smaller dog can may be able to to use an empty ice cream carton or a plastic flower pot.

    • 7). Remove any handles or hardware from the container.

    • 8). Cut a hole in the bottom of the container. The hole should have the same diameter as measurement that you found in Step 4.

    • 9). Cover the sharp edges of the hole with several layers of masking tape. This will make the collar more comfortable for the dog

    • 10

      Punch four evenly-spaced holes around the hole that you have cut with the awl.

    • 11

      Slide the container over the dog's head.

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      Tie the Elizabethan collar to the dog's collar with short lengths of twine. This will secure the collar to the dog and prevent him from biting or scratching his wound.

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