Dog Wounds – First Aid

We all love our dogs and care about their well-beingand what happens to them. So it is good that we have basic knowledge about the first aid needed in different situations to preserve the health of our four-legged friends.

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In order to have easy access to this information needed to help your faithful friend in some emergency cases, in YourCatCareguide we have already talked about how to act in various cases such as poisoning , fighting and other situations. But in this case we will show you everything you need to know about the sores on dogs and the first aid needed.

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What kind of wounds can the dog have?

Dogs, like people, can do different kinds of wounds by playing, running, trying to do something complicated or in a fight, among other possibilities. The holidays in dogs can be:

  • Cuts : Where else we can observe cuts on a dog is on its paws. Usually by walking on sharp soils like asphalts or cements, by treading on glass, cans and other possible materials, or can be cut into plants.
  • Broken or torn nails : This is a very painful wound because it affects the nail nerve and usually swiftly heals if not cured immediately. Sometimes, if the dog’s nails are too long, especially in the spurs, they can be trapped in materials such as clothes, blankets, etc. It is at that moment that when trying to release the finger, the dog pulls hard and ends hurting the nail. These holidays usually bleed a lot and be painful. Sometimes they even tear the nail off or break it.
  • Biting other dogs or animals : Sometimes it is impossible to avoid accidents like fights because we realize too late. If the dog has been bitten, depending on the affected area and the severity of the bite (depth and extension), the wound will be more or less severe. But of course we need to act as quickly as possible. This type of wounds are cuts and tears that if not rescued can infect.

In addition, in any of these cases, if the wound is severe and if you have a hemorrhage we must know how to act to stop it, otherwise it may prove fatal to the dog.

How should we heal them?

Next we explain to you how to heal the wounds and how to stop bleeding. We should always go to a veterinarian, although you can take some action first.

When we find some wound in our faithful friend we want to help him, but for this we must know how to act effectively avoiding possible complications. Here are some first aid measures and steps to follow to treat wounds .

  1. First we have to put a muzzle if we see that hurts a lot and does not let us help you calmly. This prevents us from biting because of the pain that may be being caused by the wound.
  2. You should clean the wound with warm water, saline solution or a disinfectant such as chlorhexidine and remove possible debris from the material (soil, leaves, branches, glasses, hair, etc.) that may be in contact with the wound. It can cut the hair around the wound if it believes that it can contaminate the wound, also facilitating the cleaning of the affected area.
  3. Disinfect the wound with hydrogen peroxide . You should never use alcohol because it is not coagulant and therefore only disinfects but does not stop bleeding, however small. Therefore, you must use hydrogen peroxide that disinfects and at the same time stops bleeding. It can help with a sterile gauze to finish removing the waste, always making soft pat and never rubbing the wound with the gauze. In case the bleeding is severe you should apply pressure on the wound as long as possible before covering it with a bandage. If you can not stop the bleeding easily you should call the veterinarian urgencies so that they come to you as soon as possible or tell you that you are on the way. Never do a tourniquet unless the vet tells you to do so and explains exactly how to do it.
  4. Allow the wound to air before covering it to dry as much as possible. You should let it air for a few minutes.
  5. Cover the wound without pressing too much, just enough so that there are no materials that can contaminate it. Tape with sterile gauze and bandage.
  6. Go to the vet to see the wound and do whatever it takes to make sure everything is okay with your dog. You may need antibiotics, some stitches, or anything else your vet thinks is important.

What should contain an emergency kit for dogs?

Something essential that we should know is that have a first aid bag to be able to help our dog at home. In fact you need almost the same things that we found in a first aid suitcase for people. This is a list of things that are most needed.

  • The number of veterinary emergency or our reliable veterinarian
  • Muzzle suitable for the size of our dog
  • Disposable Latex Gloves
  • Sterile gauze, cotton, bandage and absorbent pads
  • Physiological saline in single doses, chlorhexidine, iodine or some equivalent spray, liquid or powder disinfectant
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide and 96 ° alcohol
  • Plaster of great fixation
  • Scissors, nail clippers and tweezers
  • Medications that our veterinarian may have prescribed for our dog
  • Syringes to be able to perform oral administrations
  • Rectal thermometer

All this material is essential in the first aid kit, but it is always advisable to consult your veterinarian for help in assembling this bag.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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Emily Harris

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