A dog is not safe from a small accident caused by its playful and somewhat rough nature. Cuts, scrapes, and wounds are not uncommon in a dog’s life. While they may require a visit to the veterinarian in some cases, superficial wounds can be easily treated at home. But be careful not to underestimate even the smallest wound, an infected wound can quickly get worse.
How to treat and disinfect a wound in a dog? What to do when a wound does not heal? What to put in a first-aid kit for your dog? All the answers to your questions in this article!
My dog has a wound, what should I do?
First of all, it is necessary to analyze the wound and determine its condition. If the wound is large and deep or appears to be very infected we advise you to have it examined by a veterinarian as it may require antibiotic treatment. If you have faced a small superficial boo-boo no need to worry, you can take care of it yourself.
In the event of complication in the following days, it is however not necessary to wait to ask the opinion of a veterinary surgeon. The health of our animal is at stake and in case of doubt about the nature of a wound to turn to a professional remains the best choice.
Cleaning a wound in a dog
To clean a dog’s wound you can use clear water with a compress to remove excess dirt, clean any blood, and remove hair. You can also use Marseille soap, but never shower gel, shampoo, or other scented soaps that are too aggressive for a dog’s skin, especially when it is open.
Once the area is clean, disinfecting the dog’s wound will destroy the microbes that have entered the body. An infected wound becomes purulent, smelly, but is above all very painful for the dog. To disinfect the wound, use an iodized antiseptic product such as Betadine, which we all have at home, or Betadine, which is the specific equivalent for animals.
Alcohol-based products are to be avoided because they are too strong and painful for dogs. Similarly, it is not recommended to use several antiseptic products at the same time.
Depending on the wounded area, it is possible to apply a bandage to limit the risk of infection due to dirt. Dressing the wound also has the advantage of preventing the dog from scratching the wound and slowing down the healing process. Otherwise, cleaning and disinfecting the wound at least twice a day until it heals is necessary.
If you observe that the dog’s wound is purulent, i.e. it is swollen, with redness, puff, and odors, this means that it is infected. In this case, it is best to consult a veterinarian who will clean it thoroughly and remove all the puffs. Although this step can be done at home, it is advisable to consult a competent person.
My dog licks his wound, is it serious?
It is a popular belief that a dog licking its wound can speed up the healing process. Although antibacterial properties are contained in his saliva, the amount is less and has no effect. This behavior is due to the fact that licking the wound reduces pain, a bit like scratching a button and pressing a bump.
A dog’s wound does not heal when he keeps licking it, it may even damage it further. If the dog is not active all day long, he ends up spending all his time licking the wound and we enter a vicious circle where he will never finish licking.
The same happens when a dog scratches the wound. Even worse in this case, since the chances of damaging the wound are much greater.
The dog must be prevented from licking or scratching the wound at all costs. To do this, the bandage protects the affected area and prevents the wound from getting dirty. However, some areas are difficult or even impossible to bandage. All the more so as a new whim may strike the dog: try to remove the bandage. The collar is then the most effective solution to heal a dog’s wound without him touching it.
First aid kit for dogs: what to put in it?
Having a pharmacy at home containing the products needed for the dog’s first aid is useful for treating him and while waiting to take him to the veterinarian. What to put in a first aid kit for your dog? Here is the list of essentials:
A Betadine-type antiseptic product to disinfect wounds.
Marseille soap to clean
Hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant
A scratch cutter
A tick remover
A needleless syringe for liquid medications
Taking an injured dog to the vet
If your dog is injured and has a wound that is not bleeding, it is necessary to clean the wound quickly to prevent any risk of infection. If you don’t have any disinfectant suitable for dogs in your pharmacy, the solution is to take your injured dog to the veterinarian. This professional will ensure that your pet’s wound is properly disinfected and protected so that it can heal quickly. It is imperative to consult the veterinarian if the animal has a hemorrhagic wound.