March Dog Safety Kit Part 3 – Wounds

As with humans our canine companions can have numerous things happen to them. They can get cuts, scrapes, and gaping open wounds.  If your dog has a cut, scrape, or gash it is important to properly take care the injury. Assess the wound to see if it is deep, even wounds that do not look large can be dangerous for pets.  Always call your veterinarian if you are unsure.

Items this Month to add to your Dog Safety Kit

  • Styptic PowderSummer bandage
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment or Wound Spray
  • Self-cling bandage aka Vet Wrap
  • Cone

Dog Bites

A dog bite can be a very serious injury even though the puncture marks are small. Bite wounds carry bacteria and can become infected easily.

DSC_0066To stop the wound from bleeding place press on the injury. It is important to clean the wound out with warm soap and water or saline water. Put triple antibiotic ointment or wound spray on and wrap it with a self cling bandage. Make sure you you seek the advice of a vet with a bite injury.

Always watch for signs of infection. The bacteria can cause an infection under the skin because the surface of the skin has healed. Look for redness, swelling, or discharge.

Scrape or Cut

Stop the bleeding by applying pressure. If the area needs hair trimmed away do that at this time. Wash the wound out with a wound spray or soap and water is the first step to cleaning it out. Use a wound spray or antibiotic ointment and wrap with a self cling bandage that will not damage the fur. Sometimes a cone is needed for the dog to leave the area alone. Always watch for any signs of infection.

Torn Toenail

If your dog has torn its toenail it could start bleeding. Make sure you clean the area and place it in styptic powder. Once the bleeding has stopped wrap it with the self cling wrap so your dog can not bite at the area.

Keep your dog healthy!

I am not a veterinarian, this does not take the place of seeking veterinary advice.

Cheryl Sabens

Ashford Manor Labradoodles

Australian Labradoodle breeder in Midwest