Dogs our favorite friends, buddies and family as fun and mischievous as they might be they do tend to get very playful and careless and they tend to hurt themselves some as much as others, from the bites and scratches comes a lot of deep cuts and bruises and knowing your dogs skin is as soft as a feather, you must take drastic action to take good care of the wound. I know that this you don’t have any experience in treating dog wounds but I am going to give you some good first aid that works well with most dog injuries to give your dog a speedy recovery before the infections sets in.
If you have any doubts as to the severity of your pet’s injury, play it safe and make an appointment with your veterinarian. Only attempt wound care if you are confident that a pet will not react aggressively to the procedure. If need be, recruit an assistant to help with restraint, and use a muzzle.
- Water-base lubricant (eg cream or jell- not Vaseline)
- Electric clipper, scissors or razor (to cut the hairs to see the wound properly and to stop infection)
- Warm water
- Clean towel ( paper or cloth)
- Antiseptic solution
- Antimicrobial ointment
How To TreatYour Dogs Wounds
- Place a small dog on a table or counter in front of you or get down on the ground with a large dog. Have a second person gently restrain the pet if necessary, you can use a muzzle.
- Cover the wound and surrounding area with a water-based lubricant. This makes removing shaved hair from the wound a little easier and decreases contamination.
- Use electric clippers to shave the hair from around the wound. Scissors or a disposable razor can be used with extreme caution to avoid cutting the skin.
- Wipe the water-based lubricant and hair away with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.
- Wash the area with warm water until all visible debris is gone, then pat dry.
- Apply a non-stinging antiseptic solution to the area. Chlorhexidine is cheap, extremely effective, and readily available everywhere. I prefer a 2% solution to limit tissue irritation but 4% solutions are also widely used. Chlorhexidine is ideal because it kills the types of bacteria and yeast that are most commonly associated with skin infections in dogs and cats.
- Apply an antimicrobial ointment to the wound. Traumatic injuries are best treated with a broad spectrum topical antibiotic like those containing bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B. If yeast is of primary concern, for example in dogs with allergies that develop moist dermatitis, miconazole ointment is a good choice.
- Prevent the pet from grooming the ointment off it’s skin for at least ten minutes; longer is even better. Take a dog for a walk or sit with a cat in your lap but do not apply a bandage over the area.
- Two to three times a day, clean away debris (if necessary) and apply the antiseptic and ointment until the skin is healed.
- If the wound worsens at any time or fails to resolve within a week, consult a veterinarian.
Help Your Dog Get Back On Its Feet
Taking good care of your dog is not enough to help him get back to his/her old self you need to put a little more effort you and your dog together, exercise the part that has been injured especially if it’s a leg injury after it has been healed at least a few minutes a day until your dog can do it by his/her self taking care of a dog is not easy you just have to look for what goes well with him/her, for more help in recuperation you can visit a Professional Dog Trainer