How Can You Help Your Pet’s Fur Grow Back Over a Scar or Scrape

Posted on
October 5, 2020
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We love our pets so much, so it can be disheartening to see them in pain. When we have a pet who’s healing from a bad scrape or a scar after surgery naturally we want to do everything we can to help them recover as quickly as possible. Part of this recovery process includes helping our pet’s fur grow back. Depending on the kind of wound your dog has and how deep they were cut sometimes the fur over their scar will not grow back. If the cut has gone down to the hair follicles this may be the case sadly. If you are not sure how bad your pet’s cut or scrape is it is a good idea to talk to your vet before taking any of the following measures to help their fur grow back. 

Here’s what you will find in this blog post 

  • Ways to Care for Your Pet’s Scratch or Scrape
  • Ways to Promote Fur Growth After a Cut 
  • How to Keep Your Pet and Their Fur Healthy Post Cut or Vet
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Our pets are always there to make us feel better when we need a pick me up, so it’s hard to see them feeling down while they’re healing from a bad cut. 

Ways to Care for Your Pet’s Scratch or Scrape

First and foremost if your pet gets a cut that seems severe you should take them to the vet as soon as possible. In fact, even if the cut does not seem very severe it is a good idea to take them to the vet anyway to make sure there is no chance of infection-- depending on what they scratched themselves on. 

After taking your pet to the vet to get stitched up or cleaned up make sure to ask your vet what you should be doing to help them recover at home. While this blog post will help you with ways to assist in your pet’s fur growing back, your vet will have a more specific set of answers for you as to how long it will take for your pet’s fur to grow back. Not to mention, unfortunately, it may not be a possibility for your beloved pet’s fur to grow back depending on the scratch they have. Especially if the scar your pet has is from a surgery your veterinarian will have helpful tools for you in making sure your pet makes a full recovery quickly! 

Make sure that your pet is not able to lick or bite at the area where they have been cut. Because of the bacteria in your pet’s mouth, this will make the recovery process take longer. This increases your pet’s chances of getting an infection. It also means that the fur may not grow back properly or at all if your pet is disturbing their wound often enough. 

Remember to keep checking on your pet’s wound as it heals. Be sure to contact your veterinarian if the wound is taking a long time to heal, if it is showing signs of severe redness, or if it is bleeding excessively. 

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If you take good care of your pet’s wound and help them heal quickly then it’s very likely that their fur will grow back normally.

Ways to Promote Fur Growth After a Cut

In order to keep your pet from having itchy skin or fur that they will want to scratch or bite, consider getting a shampoo without unnatural fragrances in it. A natural shampoo will help your pet’s fur and the area around their wound stay clean, and because there are no unnatural fragrances added there are fewer chances of infection and it will be less likely to irritate your pet. Of course, before taking this step check in with your vet about how long you should wait in your pet’s recovery process before washing them as you would not want to further irritate their wound. 

Along with taking care of your pet’s fur through bathing, you can ask your vet about supplements that you can give them to promote healthy fur and fur growth. Fauna Care offers first aid sprays that can help your pet recover as quickly and comfortably as possible! By speeding up the healing process with supplements or sprays like this, your pet’s chances of having their fur grow back fully and grow back healthy is much greater. Another great and very common supplement that you can offer your dog to promote fur regrowth (and that you can keep giving them after their wound is healed to maintain healthy skin and coat) is fish oil supplements. 

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Your pet needs your help at home to keep them healthy after getting a cut or visiting the vet. 

How to Keep Your Pet and Their Fur Healthy Post Cut or Vet

One good thing to keep in mind in terms of consistent care for your pet and their skin and coat is making sure to give them flea treatments monthly or every other month or so. If you are doing this consistently then the times when your pet does have a scratch or scrape they will be much less likely to get infections. 

Home-care for your pet post-surgery or after taking them to the vet to get a cut taken care of can be pretty intimidating, but there are many ways to ensure your pet is recovering well after a visit to the vet. Make sure that you are taking them to consistent check-ups with their vet as their recovery progresses. Ask your vet questions when you bring your pet in for a visit, and if they have any advice to offer to you in caring for your pet post-visit it is not a bad idea to bring a notepad to write down reminders for what supplements, sprays, or shampoos you can get that will speed along the healing process. Your vet will be able to help you find supplements or other tools for helping your pet’s fur grow back as healthily as possible.

You never want to see your pet in pain, and it can be rough for your furry friend to feel comfortable and themselves when they have a patch of fur that won’t grow back. These tips and tricks can hopefully help you help your pet on the road to recovery. It is very likely that your pet’s fur will be able to grow back in a healthy way if you are actively working to prevent infection, and making sure to tend to their wound as needed.

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