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When to Take Your Dog to the Vet

These types of injuries should be treated by a veterinarian and not at home:

  • Any injury that fully penetrates the skin (a bite wound or deep laceration, for example)
  • Any injury that involves a large portion of the body (or an especially sensitive area)
  • An injury where pus is visible or the skin around your dog’s wound is red and puffy
  • Even minor wounds should be dealt with promptly, before infection has a chance to set in. If you wait too long, infection can spread and your veterinarian will probably need to prescribe antibiotics to prevent the infection from spreading even further.

    If you have any doubts as to the severity of your pet’s injury, play it safe and make an appointment with your veterinarian. And only attempt wound care at home if you are confident that a pet will not react aggressively to the procedure.

    Recruit an assistant to help with restraint, and use a muzzle if necessary.

    Supplies Needed for Dog Wound Care

    Make sure you have these supplies on hand:

  • Electric clippers (scissors or disposable razors are okay if handled carefully)
  • Water-based lubricant like KY jelly (not Vaseline)
  • Warm water
  • Clean towels (paper or cloth)
  • Antiseptic solution (like 2% chlorhexidine)
  • Antimicrobial ointment
  • What should I do if my dog’s wound is bleeding?

    Initially, attempt to stop the bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound with an absorbent dressing, such as dry gauze, followed by a layer of bandage material or a clean, dry cloth. This will protect the wound during transport to the veterinary clinic and prevent any further contamination of the injury.

    If possible, try to raise the affected area above the level of the heart. This will help reduce the flow of blood to the bleeding area. Do not apply ointments, creams, disinfectants, or any other chemicals to the wound (unless directed by your veterinarian), as they can interfere with healing.

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