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    Default Using vicks and similar stuff as a deterent ?

    I've read it alot on here that using products like vicks vapour rub and similar stuff can be a good deterant to stop dogs chewing things.

    Now on somthing like furniture etc....i can see why...but..

    with a dogs amazing and sensitive smelling ability.......actually using it on a dog, lets say to stop them licking or chewing stitches ......wouldnt that be so overpowering ??? They wouldnt be able to escape from the smell no matter what, even if they didnt touch the area its been used on them.
    You know what it's like when your overpowered by a smell...say fuel or some other chemical...i get headaches and feel sick after a while.
    I'm thinking it has to be the same for a dog x 100.

    Same deal with flea collars, not only are they useless but the ones i've seen smell weird. I'm sure a dog wouldnt appreciate it.

    Whattya's reckon ??


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    Breaking the habit is far more important than a lingering smell.
    Vicks isn't that overpowering, there are 'fumes' but not like petrol. I have only ever used it on the back half of a dog, when my boy was neutered and when my other boy chewed his tail. It worked like a charm and I didn't really notice them acting any differently like the smell was annoying them.

    For scent hounds in the show ring many people put vanilla essense or a dab of perfume under their nose to stop them trying to constantly scent in the ring. Can work when there is a bitch in season around too.

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    you ever got vicks on a sensitive part of the body?

    i personally havent tried the vicks, but when playing footy, instead of warming up we used to rub deap heat on our legs.... if any went higher than it should have we knew about it....... imagine doing that to an open wound (stitches)
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    yep......that bloody burns hey...and jumping in a pool dosnt help either....seemed to make it worse.


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    I share your concerns and have never used this is Snoopy is such a hound,
    with a super sensitive nose.
    If I want him to pee off and stop chasing the mop I use metho in the water.
    Also, using metho to clean bench tops cured him from bench/table surfing.

    A trainer told me once that Mastiffs were used to track and pin down poachers
    on large estates. They were sometimes found in the morning sitting on the chest of
    a terrifed poacher, who I imagine was quite releuived to be taken away to the
    local cop shop!

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    When i was a kid someone told me if ya put metho or turps on a tick it will back out by itself or at least enought to get it out easily........it worked on me so i tried it on my old Labrador. As soon as he smelt it... i was only young but a lesson was learnt.

    Yep, the Bullmastiff was breed to protect pommy estates and to not actually pierce the skin but grab , hold and then sit on the poacher. The brindle ones where near invisible at night and where the favoured colour back then.

    As for vicks, well i dont have any at the moment but i would have thought it was petrolium based like KY Jelly. I dont think i'll ever use it, especially now i own a cone of shame.


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    im sure you have KY by the drum.....
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    I'd use aloe vera on a wound, because it has great healing properties and tastes very very bitter. worse than lemon juice.

    Vicks I use not directly on the dog. But one of its uses is to help children breathe by rubbing on chest ie the menthol.

    I suspect a lot of these things if the dog ate a lot of it - it would make the dog feel ill but most dogs - you couldn't make them eat a cactus leaf anyway.

    Pretty sure KY is water based and petroleum based gels like vasaline are not good lubricants on rubber - ie they dissolve rubber where KY is specially designed to help keep rubber whole. Vicks is petroleum based so not much good on rubber. And I'm willing to bet it would hurt if used in the wrong places - it contains eucalyptus oil which can sting like hell and dissolve some plastics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reyzor View Post
    im sure you have KY by the drum.....
    As soon as i hit the post button i knew i'd hear from Reyzor !!! Left myself wide open to that one.

    Thanks for the reply Hyacinth...i keep frogetting about aloe vera. it's good stuff.


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    I wouldn't use vicks either on or near a wound. I also own a cone of shame.
    I won't use flea collars either as I don't want them to get wet.
    Actually I have no idea when I last used a flea treatment on the dogs. They don't have any but I do check now and then.
    I never bath them either (exception was when 2 of them rolled in something really stinky before they were permanently confined and that was just the hose and baby shampoo that I had here for some reason) They all have their different pleasing scents that I love breathing in, never a strong doggy odour.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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