When dogs, especially puppies, are play-fighting with their furry companions, they often get a few scrapes and cuts on their bodies. This typically happens when puppies are teething. Since dogs learn a lot about the world through their sense of feeling, a dog's main means of touching and feeling are with its mouth; thus, during playtime with other dogs or puppies, they may end up going overboard sometimes. By using the tips listed below, you will learn how to treat your dog's wounds with ease.
What You Should Avoid
If there is an emergency and you think it is probably a good idea to use something in the medicine cabinet to treat your pet, refrain from that urge immediately. Although traditional medicine is helpful for treating humans, it could be very deadly, damaging, or toxic to canines, and you do not want to make things worse.
Some of the products you should avoid applying to your dog's wounds are: soaps, rubbing alcohol, shampoos, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, anti-septic products, and herbal remedies.
What You Should Do
If the wound is in a very bad state and you feel the need to take action, you should use warm water, which you can use to clean any dirt or debris around the wound and fur. Using warm water can help temporarily soothe the wound. Epson salts can also be used with the water. The antibacterial properties of salt make it good at cleaning open wounds, and there are studies that show that it can even kill bacteria.
If you are ever unsure about using any medication that you have, do not attempt to use it. Instead, consider finding some over the counter pet wound care products to help care for your dog. Wound care products that are specifically made for animals will yield the best results. Many of these wound care supplies help expedite the healing process without damaging your pet’s fur and skin. Whenever you are treating a pet’s wound, make sure that you are using a product that is intended for animal use.
When You Should Find a Veterinarian
There are some dog owners who usually want to take their dog to the veterinarian immediately after any signs of injury. This can be a practical decision, especially if you do not feel confident in treating the wound by yourself. In addition, experts know the best thing to do for your dog in order to ensure that they recover quickly while minimizing complications.
Contact a vet for an emergency appointment if your pet’s wound is especially large and open. Serious wounds may cause your dog to change their mood in a negative manner due to the pain that they are experiencing. A vet will then be able to give your dog pain medication and clean the wound correctly.
Following the advice above will help you take better care of your dog and will reduce any worry or uncertainty you might have when it comes to your pet's well-being.
About The Author:
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan.