Harness Buckles Caused Sores and Hair Loss

We have been on vacation for over a week with our Lab. We had a harness on her the entire time. It has a strap on the actual harness itself making it easier to guide her short distances rather than using the leash. Anyways, when I took it off she had hair loss where each of the buckles were. The top 2 spots even broke the skin a little bit. Is there anything I can give her or put on her to help her grow her hair back? I'm putting Neosporin on the areas with broken skin. I'd appreciate any help. I feel absolutely awful that I let this happen to her.

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

Sending up healing prayers for pup and for you too! It it is hard when something goes wrong, but sometimes it just does and that is always the challenge.

Because I am not a vet, I am not comfortable giving you this unless you verify with your vet first that it is OK for your fur baby! If your vet is like ours they won't charge for the call. Ask if you can use a little witch hazel (use a cotton pad or ball to apply to the spot) and when it dries, apply with another cotton pad or ball a few drops coconut oil on the spot.

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS WITHOUT VET APPROVAL.... because every dog is different and the vet know's your pup's situation...allergies etc.

Also, ff you have to, you could use a clear "cone of shame" to prevent biting at the spot or just redirect with a toy or treat if the pup goes to bite/scratch.


Be easy on yourself and give the pup a hug! Let us know how it goes!

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July 13, 20180 found this helpful

Try coconut oil. It is supposed to be very soothing.

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July 15, 20180 found this helpful

I believe in making calls to my pet's vet about using new products but this does not seem like it is serious enough to warrant a trip to the vet.

I have used a mixture of Which Hazel (or alcohol or vinegar - according to what is on hand and not have to wait) with a little water and cotton balls (or white clean cloth) to cleanse an area like this.
I mix it with water just in case it hits an open wound area/scratch (full strength will sting and hurt just like on humans) and gradually lessen the water. This can be used safely even on "hot spots".

It does not appear this is in an area your dog will lick but might scratch so you might have to reapply several times a day.

I like coconut oil for wounds but I have used olive oil if no coconut oil available. Just try to keep it clean and probably open to the air.


This is probably bothering you more than her because you may feel guilty that you did not notice that she was in pain. I'm sure she will soon forget all about it as your love shows through much more than this small pain memory.

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

You can rub olive oil on it her hair will grow back faster.

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July 16, 20180 found this helpful

If the spots seem to be bothering her, there is a type of Neosporin with lidocaine (a numbing agent) in it. If it isnt bothering her, I would use neosporin for a couple day and leave it open to the air. Sometimes it takes awhile, but I'm sure the hair will grow back because you caught it quickly.

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