How To Treat Minor Injuries In Your Dog
Your dog is active, and through that action, it’s possible your dog will become hurt. Not every injury in your dog requires an expensive trip to the vet though. There are plenty of things you can do at home for your dog to help their injuries heal and to make them feel better. If your dog suffers from a minor injury, the following information will help you learn how to treat it at home.
Put pressure on it.
If your dog’s injury has blood, you need to put pressure on the wound immediately. This will help your dog’s blood to clot and will also keep them from losing too much blood.
If you’re going to cover your dog’s wound, it’s always a good idea to use a washcloth, towel, article of clothing or other type of fabric in order to protect yourself and protect your dog. Once the blood has started to clot, you’ll be able to assess the wound and treat it properly.
Clean the wound.
If your dog has a wound, you need to clean it. Use antibacterial soap and warm water to rinse out the wound and remove any bacteria or dirt that could cause infection. You may also want to clean the wound with hydrogen peroxide and a cotton ball to ensure it’s thoroughly clean and free from any irritants. This will help the wound heal faster and help it from becoming infected.
Bandage the wound.
If your dog’s wound is in an area that will likely be irritated, you will want to bandage the wound. For example, wounds on the legs will be subject to your dog’s constant licking or prone to being reopened, so it’s best to bandage the wound with gauze, a medicated antibacterial solution such as Neosporin, and medical tape. Not only will this keep your dog from biting or licking the wound, which could impair healing, but it will also keep dirt and other debris from getting into the wound, causing infection.
Check the wound regularly.
Make sure that you’re checking the wound on a regular basis to ensure that it’s healing and is not becoming infected. You should change the bandage regularly too, and check for signs of swelling or redness. If anything seems out of the ordinary, bring your dog to the vet for a professional check up.
Give your dog pain medication.
If your dog’s injury involves pain instead of a wound (or pain with a wound) you can always treat your dog at home with regular pain medication. For example, you can safely give your dog Tylenol (yes, the kind you use) in order to help ease their pain, which is much more cost effective than a pain prescription medication for your pup.
Give them rest.
After your dog has been injured, it’s important to let them rest. Although it will be hard to keep your dog from jumping, running, and playing, it’s important that you do so. This will help ensure their wound heals or that their pain subsides.
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Guest Author: Ashley Smith is a freelance writer, busy mom of 2 and a dog owner. Ashley uses her love of writing to share articles on a variety of topics.