How to Take Care of a Cut on a Dog
It is important to know how to take care of a dog’s cut if it has sustained a wound. Dogs will tend to lick the wound, which slows the healing process and can cause infection. To discourage licking, you can place a bandage over the area and change it every day. Check the cut often for signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, or increased pain.
It is essential to apply a sterile ointment to the wound before bandaging it. This prevents further injury. If you can’t use an ointment, you can apply a diluted iodine solution. Once the blood has stopped flowing, apply a piece of gauze over the wound. Alternatively, you can use a kitchen baster.
While applying the ointment, it is important to apply a muzzle to the affected area to keep your dog from biting you. Any dog can bite, so take care to prevent further injury. You can also apply pressure to the wound. You can use a small gauze pad or a towel. Remember not to sanitize the cloth. A muzzle will also prevent further injury.
In general, a wound will heal in less than a week. If the wound is more serious or shows signs of infection, visit a vet for treatment. Following these tips will prepare you for the most common types of dog wounds. Your dog will thank you for it. And if it’s a minor nick, you can clean it up at home. A simple sterile gauze pad can be applied to the wound to make it less painful.