Small wound on my Rottweiler's foot - he keeps licking it!
I have a 1.3 years old male Rottweiler. Some days back I noticed that he is biting his foot. I checked for ticks. But there is a small wound there, probably from his biting, just a small scratch. But he kept licking it. I asked my vet and he suggested me a spray, TopiCure,
But he is still licking the wound. He has no problem in running, jumping and playing and he is completely happy. Should I do something else?
It sounds as though what is bothering your pup is fairly minor and as yet isn't infected.
I couldn't really tell from that link what is IN the spray your vet recommended, but as it's a natural, herbal product it should at least be soothing and hopefully antibacterial or antiseptic as well.
The problem with repeated licking is that it makes the area moist and that can encourage the growth of bacteria which then cause infection. There are special 'cone' shaped collars that are often used on dogs to prevent them licking at scars from surgery, or irritated areas of skin, your vet may be able to supply one that your pup can wear until the sore area heals up.
However, it's also important to figure out why he started to lick at that area in the first place. Repeated and excessive licking (especially at the paws, legs, tummy and tail area) can be the sign of canine allergies.
It might be a good idea to check him all over and make sure that there aren't any other signs of allergy such as red/irritated areas of skin known as 'hot spots', or any hair loss or rashes. If you notice these then you will need to try to figure out what he's sensitive to.
However, if there are no other signs of a problem, it could simply be that he got a bug bite on his foot, or a thorn or something like that and he's trying to soothe it... although he's probably making it worse :) In that case, the spray should help and I'd try to get him a cone collar too.
If the area does get red, inflamed, swollen or seems painful for him, have you vet examine it to make sure that there's no infection developing.
Hope this helps, and that your Rottie's foot is much better soon.