When you have a dog, accidents are bound to happen. So, every pet parent must know how to treat their dog’s wounds. Unless it’s an emergency, you can easily handle small cuts or bruises at home. Therefore, the first step to treating wounds in dog is to gather the necessary supplies. Below is a list of things you will require for dog’s wound care.
Supplies Required for Treating Dog Wounds
- Warm Water
- Clippers (Electric are preferred)
- Clean towels
- Antimicrobial ointment
- Antiseptic spray such as Wound Guard
Once you have these supplies, treating any kind of minor wound can be easy. However, if your furry pal is bleeding, it’s vital to stop the bleeding right away by applying some pressure. Below are some points that every pet parent should be aware of as it can come in handy during an emergency.
*If the dog wound is covered by hair, clip the hair around the area for better access to the wound.
- First of all, check whether your dog is bleeding or not. Depending on the size of wound, you can grab a gauze or clean towel to stop the blood from seeping out. This way, you can give immediate treatment and prevent blood loss. Remember, if the cut is too deep and the blood comes oozing out every time your dog’s heart beats, it’s crucial to get your pet to a vet clinic for immediate treatment.
- When tending to the wound, warm water is best to clean it off. Wounds that are caused due to road rash or minor accident needs to get cleaned off with warm water so any bacteria or germs can be washed off.
- Next step is to thoroughly clean and disinfect the wound. After you’ve washed the area, dry it with a clean cloth. Thereafter, use an antimicrobial ointment and apply generously onto the wound.
- Putting on a temporary bandage can help in quicken the healing process. Get the gauze and put it over the wound, along with applying some KY Jelly on top to prevent any spread of germs.
- If it’s an open wound, check it frequently as it can get infected quite easily. You can use a fresh gauze and rub it lightly over the wound area and scrub the tissue before disinfecting it again.
- Thereafter, get an antibiotic ointment and apply a thin layer on the area. This will prevent any bacteria to enter the wound. Also, ensure you cover it up immediately so the dog doesn’t lick the area.
- Clean the area at least twice or thrice a day so that there is no scope of infection.
- Lastly, apply bandage for better healing.
Remember, most wounds can be easily treated at home. However, if the wound is too severe, like a deep cut, an infected area with pus, or a bite wound, it crucial to get the pet to the vet immediately.
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