Dogs can get injured in several ways, so as a pet owner, it’s essential to know some basic wound care for your pet to help keep them comfortable and patched up when an injury occurs.
How do I Know If My Dog’s Wound Needs Veterinary Care?
When your dog is wounded, they need to be treated quickly to prevent infection. In some cases, certain injuries will require veterinarian care and evaluation for the best results.
If your dog has a deep or severe wound, is bleeding profusely, has a foreign object embedded in the wound, or if the wound is located on its face or near its eyes, it’s important to seek professional care right away. Additionally, any wound to their chest or abdomen will require professional care.
How Can I Care for My Dog’s Wound at Home?
There are some basic steps you can take to care for your dog’s wounds at home. First, clean the wound with cool water and mild soap. Never use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals, as these can irritate the wound and delay healing.
Once the wound is clean, dry it off and apply an antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection. Finally, cover the wound with a clean, dry bandage. Change the bandage daily to keep the wound clean and dry. Monitor your dog’s wound closely for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian right away.
By following these simple steps, you can help your dog heal quickly and comfortably from their wound.
How Do I Care for Their Wound After They’ve Seen the Veterinarian?
After your dog has seen the veterinarian and received treatment for its wound, there are a few additional steps you need to take to ensure they heal properly.
Make sure to keep the wound clean and dry, and continue to apply an antibiotic ointment as directed by your veterinarian. Change the bandage regularly, and monitor the wound for any signs of infection. If the infection does occur, please contact your veterinarian right away.
Additionally, it’s important to keep an eye on your dog’s overall health and well-being during the healing process. If they seem to be in pain or having difficulty moving around, please contact your veterinarian.
With proper care, most dog wounds will heal quickly and without complication. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can help make sure that happens.
Wound Care for Dogs at the Animal Medical Center of Streetsboro
If your dog is injured, we recommend calling our office to have your dog treated to ensure they remain free of infection. Contact us today to learn more.