APPLICATION OF CREAMS, OINTMENTS & LOTIONS
Having obtained some cream, lotion or ointment to apply, there is then the
problem of administration. Even the most normally biddable dog can object violently
to applications on a sensitive area. It is hoped the following tips may be of
What is the difference between creams, ointments and lotions?
Creams are non-greasy. Ointments on the other hand have an oily base. Lotions
are liquid preparations but are to all intents and purposes similar to creams
and ointments as far as application is concerned.
Follow any directions given regarding application of the product, e.g. using
gloves etc. this is quite important.
Lotions are often applied on a piece of cotton wool or lint although today
many preparations are available in a spray form.
My dog is perfectly all right until I try to put the preparation on and
then he becomes very agitated.
This may be discomfort or actual pain. It is always a good idea to get someone
to hold the dog if at all possible otherwise the application of a simple muzzle
would be a good idea. We will advise regarding muzzles if you would like to
I can apply the preparation but the dog licks it off as soon as it is applied.
A good tip in this case is to apply the product just before the dog is fed
or alternatively just before taking it for a walk. However there are some dogs
that are inveterate lickers and these ruses are doomed to failure. However it
does help with most topical preparations if they are gently massaged in for
a few moments after application. If none of these help, please contact us and
will supply you with an Elizabethan collar. These are large plastic hoods which
prevent the dog from licking at the affected area.
I have tried an Elizabethan collar but my dog goes crazy
The majority of dogs are distressed by the collar initially because of its
unfamiliarity. However applying it and then rewarding the dog with a tidbit
or alternatively taking him for a walk is quite a good idea.
Approximately 80% of dogs will tolerate a collar with few problems. However
wearing the collar in the house, particularly if a large size, can create hazards
both for furniture and for people. Be warned.
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