How to treat a dog’s wound?
What to do if a dog is injured? How to treat a wound? In a difficult situation, it is difficult to collect thoughts and hands themselves are drawn to the familiar green or iodine. But be careful! Unsuitable remedies will only intensify the pain of the pet and further complicate the situation. In our article, we will talk about how and how to treat a dog’s wound at home.
No matter how careful the owner is, not a single dog is safe from injury. A pet can cut its paw during a walk, suddenly get involved in a skirmish with comrades and get a bite – in a word, there can be plenty of cases, and each responsible owner should be ready for them.
First of all, if the wound is deep, it is necessary to stop the bleeding by applying a tourniquet and dressings and deliver the dog to the veterinary clinic as soon as possible. In other cases, it is enough to treat the wound yourself, with the help of a suitable tool, which should always be in your medicine cabinet. What could be such a tool?
Contrary to stereotypes, this is by no means iodine and not green. Why? – These products burn the mucous membrane and cannot be used to disinfect wounds. Yes, you can treat the intact skin around the wound with iodine or brilliant green, but this protection is ineffective, because the germs that got into the wound will not be destroyed.
Iodine and zelenka can have a toxic effect on a cat or a small dog!
Hydrogen peroxide is also not the best solution, despite the fact that it is quite suitable for treating wounds. When applied to a wound, the peroxide begins to foam and mechanically pushes dirt. However, the product does not have a disinfecting effect and, therefore, is not characterized by high efficiency.
But chlorhexidine, also a well-known remedy, is your almost perfect assistant. Chlorhexidine is a powerful antiseptic. It can be applied to the wound, it does not burn and is not addictive. The only drawback is the low spectrum of damage (when compared with special means for treating wounds).
How to treat a wound in a dog
We said above that chlorhexidine is an almost perfect means for disinfecting wounds. The ideal remedy (without any practically) is truly considered to be specially developed high-quality drugs for the treatment of wounds and infections. Like chlorhexidine, they do not have an irritating effect, do not require rinsing after use and are not addictive. But, unlike chlorhexidine, such drugs have a much higher means of destruction. For example, a solution of Vetericin in just 30 seconds leads to the death of 99.999% of bacteria, viruses, fungi and spores, including E. coli, staphylococci, streptococci, Pasteurella, Moraxella bovis, Actinomyces and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Very impressive list! But can such efficiency be combined with absolute safety? – Maybe. It is interesting that the main active components of the same “Vetericin” are hypochlorous acid (HOCI) and electrolyzed water (H2O) – components similar to substances produced by the immune system. To a certain extent, these components are native to the body and do not adversely affect healthy tissues.
When treating wounds with special tools, it is very important to follow the instructions for use. In general, processing is carried out approximately 3-4 times a day, up to healing. In case of an inflammatory process, purulent discharge, etc., consult a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Take care of your pets, and let reliable helpers be always at your fingertips – both at home and on the go!