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29 January 2020 - 6:01 pm
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This may be a stupid question but I started to notice that when Maya meets other dogs or see her old doggy friends, all of them smell her incision pretty hard. Does anyone know why and do you experience the same thing with your dog?

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30 January 2020 - 11:15 am
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There are no stupid questions here, I promise!

Has she been bathed since surgery? If not she could still have that “vet clinic smell” on her incision area. Try bathing the area and see if that helps.

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30 January 2020 - 9:04 pm
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She has bathed twice already. I wonder why they go straight to the spot where the surgery was done

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30 January 2020 - 9:21 pm
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Guessing they are still picking  up the scent of the incision  with their extraordinary  sense of smell.  Even though it’s  been about five weekish since surgery, it probably  still smells like a wound to them.  Plus, there’s the visual of less fur, etc.

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30 January 2020 - 9:26 pm
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Dogs have a great sense of smell. I suspect your dog’s pack and friends are trying to determine what is going on. It’s probably a good idea to stop any dogs from licking the wound. As this article discusses, dogs use their nose to communicate: https://wagwalk…..pen-wounds

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