Dogs can be playful and rambunctious, and sometimes this can lead to minor cuts and scrapes or even more serious wounds and burns. If not properly treated, these small wounds could develop infections and have potential to lead to more serious health issues. Wounds can be caused from anything from bumping into hard or sharp objects, playing too rough, attacks from animals, and other dangers. Since dogs are so carefree, the best way to prevent injuries is to ensure that the space they live and play in is a free from sharp objects and as many dangers as possible.
Symptoms to look for:
- A visual cut, scrape or torn skin
- Missing hair
- Increased licking of a certain area
- Limping, pain or tenderness
If your dog comes home with a wound that is bleeding, you will need to apply direct pressure to the wound, using a clean cloth or sterile gauze. If the wound appears to be quite severe your dog should see a vet for further treatment. You can clean around the wound, but you should let the vet flush the wound itself. If the bleeding stops and the wound appears manageable, you can gently clean around the wound. Apply our natural products from the Cuts, Scrapes and Hotspots Kit and tape clean gauze in place. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on your dog as these will damage the tissue. For more information about pet first aid, read our blog featuring the basics of dog and cat emergency care. For a personal experience check out our blog about using the NHV All Clear Ointment with rescue dogs.