Pet owners often worry about whether or not they should take their dog to see the vet whenever they have a minor injury. The key is knowing how to treat them once you realize your pet has been injured.
If you have any doubts about whether or not your dog needs medical attention, err on the side of caution and call your vet as soon as possible! Most vets will require an appointment anyway so unless there is an extreme emergency. This will help keep everyone safe by preventing unnecessary suffering.
If your dog has a small wound you can care for at home, here are the appropriate steps to take.
1. Cut down fur around the area
Cut down fur around the area by carefully using scissors to cut hair away from the wound. Next use a wet washcloth to clean away any blood and then a new dry washcloth to dry the area. If your pet will not sit still for this you can ask for help to hold the dog or use a cone so they are not tempted to lick or touch the wound.
2. Clean the wound with a saline solution
The next step is to clean the wound. After you use warm water to clean away any blood then use saline solution, which you can purchase at any drug store or pharmacy to clean your dog’s wound.
3. Dry the area thoroughly
Make sure to pat or blow-dry the area as soon as possible. You can use a cotton ball, paper towel or handkerchief to thoroughly dry it.
4. Apply an antibiotic ointment or spray to aid with healing
Use of an antibiotic ointment can help with deep wounds because they will penetrate into the deepest parts of the skin. If you have an area that needs to be covered with ointment, try using a cotton swab dipped in the ointment for precise application.
5. Use gauze and medical tape to cover the wound
If you must cover the area with a bandage and medical tape be sure to wrap it loosely enough that it doesn’t tear or loosen, but not so loose that it slips off.
Treating dog wounds at home is a simple process with care and attention, your pup will be back to normal in no time! If you’re still worried about how best to take care of your dog’s wound though, then it might be time for a vet visit.