When you consider that pets will not only eat their own excrement, but also just about anyone else’s, it becomes readily apparent that taste aversion is a challenging problem. An important point to remember is that undesirable licking and chewing is usually a behavioral, not medical, predicament. So when using Yuk2e or YukForte, we need to come at the challenge from a “taste aversion training” perspective. Yuk2e is most effective when used in conjunction with simple behavioral therapy.
The first secret of success with Yuk2e is to make the pet’s first experience as unpleasant as humanely possible. The most common reason for lack of success is the user’s reluctance to give an adequate first dose. The second secret for success is to use sufficient quantities of Yuk2e. I always think fondly of one of my favorite perseverance/success stories with Yuk2e… a monosynaptic setter heck-bent on destroying a foot bandage and the surgical incisions beneath. It took 3 tubes of Yuk2e in the first 48 hours to deter him, but at the end of those first couple of days, three tubes of Yuk2e were a lot less expensive than $450 surgery. In addition, the pet owners were overjoyed at not having to use an Elizabethan collar. A prior use of a collar had left a path of destruction through the house due to the dog’s high energy levels.
So, to really make sure you are getting the most out of your Yuk2e, follow these instructions:
1) Use a gloved finger to apply 1 or 2 health 1-inch dabs of Yuk-2e directly to the pet’s hard palate before applying it to the target area.
2) Apply a good quantity of Yuk-2e (at least a tbs) of Yuk-2e to the deterrent area.
3) Reapply Yuk-2e to the deterrent area as frequently as every 10 minutes if the pet is still intent on licking/chewing.
4) If the pet still tries to lick, give another dose directly to the hard palate
If you are veterinary professional dispensing Yuk2e to a client, it is often helpful for a technician to give the first dose while the pet is still in the hospital. This will increase the likelihood of the pet’s first encounter with Yuk2e being an unpleasant one.
One very important thing to note is that some issues of self-mutilation are rooted in more complicated psychological and medical issues that no anti-lick product will solve alone – special care and guidance from your veterinarian will be essential.