Dog Wound Care – Taking Care Of Dogs When They Are At Their Worst

dog wound care

Scratch a dog, and you will find a permanent job. A dog is the most beautiful thing one can have, and a relationship with it can be termed as the most beautiful. A dog loves you more than you love yourself. However, some people are afraid of dogs, and even the dog’s impromptu reaction to them is biting. Still, at the same time, even dogs get hurt. Here is all about dog wound care.

Dog Wound Care Science And Facts

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There are science-backed benefits of having a dog and are listed under:

85% of people surveyed believed that interaction with pets reduces loneliness. Dogs are there for us even when people are not, for constant emotional support, cuddles, and whatnot.

Dog owners have lower blood pressure levels and, therefore, lesser risks of heart diseases.

Military veterans with service dogs have fewer PTSD conditions.

Dogs encourage one to move, get out of the house, and get those muscles working. It is better for one’s health.

Men and women swipe right on each other when they see a picture with their dog! Yes, that is true and has been backed up with a study. Dogs instantly make one look more attractive.

But, there are times when even these lovely creatures require our attention, and it is especially when they’ve been wounded. Here is how you can do for dog wound care.

Dog Wound Care Essentials

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Supplies needed:

Water-based lubricant (KY jelly),

Antiseptic solution,

Antimicrobial ointment,

Clean cloth,

Electric clippers, and

Warm water.

Steps For Dog Wound Care

Place the dog on a table if it is small, otherwise lay down on the ground with it.

Make a second person use a muzzle if required.

Clip the hair around the wound, if there is any. Spread the lubricant around the wound to make it easier to remove the shaved hair. Use electric clippers to shave hair from around the wound. Further, gently wipe the lubricant away.

Wash the area with warm water and pat it with a clean cloth.

Apply an antiseptic to the area. Use chlorhexidine, if available.

Apply an antibacterial ointment, but not anything that contains a corticosteroid.

Don’t let your dog lick the ointment, and if you apply Band-Aid, remember to change it frequently.

Clean the wound at least thrice daily, and apply antibiotics until the wound is healed.

Last, of all, consult the veterinarian if the wound doesn’t seem to heal.

When To Consult A Vet?

If your dog has any of the following kinds of injuries, take it straight to the vet instead of treating it at home itself.

A bite wound, or a deep laceration, i.e., an injury that has fully penetrated the skin,

An injury which has taken up a lot of your dog’s skin, and is not petty, and

An injury when the pus is visible or the skin around the injury has become red.


These are some of the steps a dog owner can look forward to while treating a dog wound, and it is inherently important to remember that even stray dogs require our attention, and if a stray dog is seen with such an injury, please take a moment to take it to the vet.

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