No one ever wants to have a hurt dog, but sometimes accidents happen. While a veterinarian is the best equipped to treat your dog’s wounds, there are plenty of ways to treat your dog at home without the hassle of a car trip and a hefty bill. As long as you have the right tools, you can easily treat minor cuts and scrapes in the comfort of your home.
Dogs are notorious for being fearless adventurers, so they’re bound to end up with a small injury or two in their lives. Most are often no cause for serious concern since you can treat them at home. Rambunctiousness can result in cuts and scrapes or even paw injuries from stepping on something like broken glass. Be wary, because if wounds aren’t treated immediately and continually until they’re healed, your dog will become susceptible to infection, and you’ll need to visit a veterinarian. You should also visit a vet if your dog has serious wounds like punctures or larges gashes.
Since your dog can’t speak to you to let you know he’s hurt, it’s up to you to keep an eye on him to check for external wounds. This is something you should get in the habit of doing on a daily basis if you aren’t already. An external wound might seem like it’s an easy, obvious find, but it may be somewhere not easily visible or hidden by fur. Some things you should be looking for include:
Once you’ve determined your dog has a wound, you should immediately treat it to ensure a swift and illness-free recovery.
Sometimes wounds are superficial, like small cuts or scrapes, and don’t require a visit to the vet. If you know your dog will behave better at home, it’s helpful to know what you’re doing if she gets hurt. Here’s a few things you’ll want to have on-hand to treat an external wound:
If your dog doesn’t particularly like to sit still, you may need a second individual to gently restrain her while you care for the wound. Once she’s comfortable, you can get to work:
To simplify the process and speed healing, consider opting for a no-touch treatment spraythat acts as both a disinfectant and protectant for your dog’s wound.
If your dog’s wound is a large gash, a puncture wound, or an abscess, immediate veterinary attention is necessary. In such cases, these wounds will require sutures to close the wound, but if a deep infection is present, the wound may be left open for a topical treatment and to allow for proper drainage. These types of wounds must be cleaned often to keep infection away, so be sure to keep a similar regimen in place while following all instructions from your vet.
Once you’ve cleaned and treated the wound, be sure to repeat the process at least two to three times a day so your dog doesn’t end up with an infection. If the wound doesn’t begin to heal within a few days, make sure to get your dog to a veterinarian. In some cases, depending on the wound, you may need to get your dog a cone to keep him from grooming the area. Think again if you thought your dog’s saliva was inherently designed to heal wounds; your dog’s mouth is actually full of bacteria that’ll be harmful to open wounds, so you want to keep him from it until it’s healed. Additionally, your vet may prescribe pain medication for certain wounds, so be sure you’re administering it when necessary.
If you’re unsure of the best way to treat your dog’s wound, it’s always best to consult or visit a veterinarian. After all, you want your best friend up and at ‘em as soon as possible.
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