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Dog wound and skin protection - we've got it covered

17 CommentsThursday, 17 October 2013  |  D for Dog

dog skin and wound protectionIf your dog has a wound, injury, skin condition or allergy, is recovering from an operation, suffers with incontinence or needs protection when in season, fear not - we have it covered.

We have a range of products for almost every eventuality where healing or protection is required. As we have recently added some new products to our range, now seems like a good time to explain some of the protective items we sell and how they can help your dog in their time of need.

Protective Shirts

Medical Pet Shirt

dog medical pet shirt cover vest

This incredibly useful and innovative body vest protects the dog's torso from the neck to the base of the tail. It is perfect for torso and belly post-operative care and to protect stitches, wounds, skin conditions and even allergies. As it fastens around the dog's rear end, it is also useful after a neutering operation, when a bitch is in season and for incontinence.

From the people behind the bestselling Medical Pet Shirt, we also sell the Protective Topshirt.

Protective Topshirt

dog topshirt recovery vest

Whilst the original shirt provides full torso and belly protection, the shorter Topshirt is a protective covering for the top to middle part of your dog's body. It offers protection to the upper torso after operations or for injuries, wounds and skin conditions.

Both of the shirts mentioned above allow your dog freedom of movement whilst also protecting them. The gentle pressure they exert when worn can also reduce fear at times of stress after an operation and can also help the dog to stay warm (anaesthetic can cause body temperature to drop).

Recovery Collars

Traditional ‘buster-type’ medical collars can be restrictive and cumbersome but sometimes recovery collars are the best way to stop a dog getting to a certain part of their body. Luckily the hard plastic cones of days gone by are not the only option. The Trimline is a soft, flexible and lightweight alternative.

Trimline Recovery Collar

dog wearing a soft blue recovery collardog in a soft recovery collar in reversedog sleeping in a soft blue recovery collar

Because it is flexible, the Trimline allows your dog to eat, drink and sleep in comfort whilst still providing a barrier to the treatment area. It can be worn the lampshade way or, depending on where the site of injury is, can be worn down over the body.

Leg Covers

Front Leg Protective Sleeves

front leg dog protective covers

These protective sleeves can be worn on the dog’s left or right front leg or you can get the double sleeve for both front legs. They are a protective covering for leg wounds, stitches or bandages after an operation. These can also be used for leg injuries, skin conditions, allergies etc. Reduces the need for cumbersome Elizabethan lampshade and recovery cones and helps the dog to retain their freedom of movement.

Back Leg Protective Sleeves

back leg dog protective covers

As above but specifically designed for the anatomy of a dog’s back leg. Supplied as a pair (left and right hind legs) and must be purchased along with the Protective Topshirt to keep the sleeves in place.

Paw Covers

Dog Paw Covers

dog paw cover

Another useful piece of kit is the indispensable paw cover. Dogs often damage and injure their feet and pads when on their various adventures. Even a small cut on a dog’s pad can lead to persistent bleeding. We recommend having one of these protective paw covers in your dog’s medical kit.

Paw covers can thwart your dog's attempts at licking and foot chewing whilst also protecting your floors and furniture from spots of blood from paw injuries.

By Jenny Prevel

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Saturday, 2 November 2013  |  10:26

I am particularly interested in the front leg protective sleeve for my labrador (left fore). Can you provide details please? Particularly wish to know if it is breathable and or waterproof. Can you also give me your website details please for your whole range of products. Thank you.

D for Dog
Saturday, 2 November 2013  |  11:12

The product details can be found here The sleeve is 97% cotton and 3% Lycra.

Friday, 12 June 2015  |  18:49

I bought one of the leg protectors off amazon. It's made of jersey so it's ok but not waterproof . It stopped my dog chewing her leg but then she found a different spot to chew.

Monday, 10 November 2014  |  0:43

Do you have Protective Pet Sleeve for the rear leg.

Thank you

D for Dog
Monday, 10 November 2014  |  9:11

We didn't when this blog was written but we do now :-) Please see

Thursday, 20 November 2014  |  21:07

My roommate's dog has a few hot spots on her neck that she scratched raw, which she keeps scratching but because they're there, a regular cone won't work. Is there an alternative to protect her neck wounds from her scratching?

D for Dog
Friday, 21 November 2014  |  9:42

That's a difficult one. Even if you cover the hot spots with something like a Medical Pet Shirt, she can still scratch. What about the Trimline worn down the body (see above - the dog wearing it down the body like a cape). Or another idea could be paw covers so the scratching causes less injury. You could also try some behaviour modification to break the cycle, if scratching has become a habit.

Monday, 11 May 2015  |  2:25

Hello I am considering the leg protector my Doberman has a wound that will not heal, on her hind and front leg what is the leg protectors made of ? can some air get thru it , so the wound heals , I am in US do you shipped to us I did not see a 800 number to call you thank you

D for Dog
Monday, 11 May 2015  |  9:12

The sleeves are 97% cotton, 3% Lycra. Yes, they are breathable and the wound will heal beautifully. I am sorry but we do not ship to the USA.

Jill Andrews
Monday, 2 November 2015  |  21:04

Hi. I have a 8year Labrador who will not stop licking her back legs, to the point of drawing blood! We have tried covering them with bandages which she takes off and spray which she' loves!!!! Any suggestions please or do you have a sample of the no biting spray which we could try before spending out on a large one? Many thanks

D for Dog
Tuesday, 3 November 2015  |  10:01

You might like to try the back leg sleeves. Please see The Stop ‘Em Chew and Lick Repellent comes in a small 50ml which is a good trial size. Please see

Lisa Goward
Tuesday, 2 April 2019  |  19:05

Hi, I am hoping you can help? I have a large cat called Ben. He is 6.5 kg. He has an ongoing skin condition which the vet is treating. It is severe. It has meant that he has had to wear a collar/cone for nearly a year. He is a happy thing but I am trying to find a different solution for him. He bites the base of his tail and his rear hip near the base of his tail. He is a very long cat so Other things I have tried have not helped. I have tried buster bodysuits, inflatable cones, material cones, he can still reach around to the base of his tail with these. I am desperate for help. Is there anything in your range that you think might do it? A big long cat where I need to protect the base of his tail and his very rear side/hips. Any help much appreciated. Kind regards, Lisa

D for Dog
Tuesday, 2 April 2019  |  20:00

Hi Lisa, you could try a Medical Pet Shirt for cats. Don't get them from us though as we only sell the dog ones. There are special cat ones. It won't help cover the base of the tail though I am afraid.

Dawn Dunn
Thursday, 9 May 2019  |  8:10

Do you do a waterproof tail cover for dogs my spinone has had tail amputation & i need to keep dressing dry when we go out

D for Dog
Thursday, 9 May 2019  |  8:54

I am sorry Dawn but we don't have anything like that.

Elizabeth Grant
Saturday, 22 June 2019  |  16:14

I have a dog who has an abscess on his shoulder - it is incredibly difficult to keep covered but I think it benefits from being covered as every time he rolls it opens up. What would you recommend? Many thanks. Lizzie Grant

D for Dog
Saturday, 22 June 2019  |  16:27

Hi Lizzie, you could try the Topshirt