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How to treat a dog's broken nl and its care
As soon as your dog starts to have an lment, whether it's a problem with their teeth, a sore paw, a sore face, or a sore ear, the last thing you want to hear is "oh, it's just a little cut." That's especially true if that wound has been neglected, because cuts can easily turn into infections. Even a small wound can quickly become a serious infection and cause serious health problems.
A dog's paw can get cuts, scrapes, or other wounds easily when they accidentally come in contact with a sharp object. A dog who's had an accident is more likely to suffer an injury, and if their injury is not treated on time, it can get worse over time. The good news is that if you can identify the wound and make sure you treat it immediately, your dog's injury will heal much faster than it would have otherwise.
What's a cut?
There are two types of cuts: skin and subcutaneous (or muscle). Skin cuts are usually caused when your dog's paw gets stuck in something sharp or comes in contact with something sharp, and their paw gets hurt. A cut will normally bleed a little and hurt for a couple of days. Subcutaneous (or muscle) cuts are less pnful and usually happen when a dog runs into a piece of wood or glass, but they still need to be cleaned.
How can you tell the difference?
You'll know if you've got a skin cut if the skin is broken in any way. There will be a small opening at the location where the skin is broken, and that's when you should clean the wound. If there's a small cut that's still bleeding, it can be dangerous to neglect it.
If you don't know how to treat your dog's wound, look for information on treating cuts, scrapes, and other wounds on dog medical care sites. If you can't find any information that can help you with your dog's wound, the veterinary staff or an experienced veterinary technician will be able to help.
How can you stop your dog's wound from getting worse?
If you see your dog's wound and it's still open, you can put antibiotic ointment or VetBac on it, and you can also clean the area. Do this dly until you have seen improvement. Antibiotic ointment can also be applied to a wound after you clean it, or you can put the ointment on a bandage. The VetBac cream comes in a small pump or squeeze tube and you squeeze the amount needed directly on to the wound.
If you think your dog's wound is getting worse or if you think your dog has a cut that doesn't seem to be getting better, it's time to see the veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your dog's wound, ask the veterinary staff or one of the veterinary technicians on duty at the hospital.
Ask the veterinary staff or an experienced veterinary technician on duty at the hospital for advice about how to treat your dog's wound.
What to do if your dog doesn't eat or drink after being admitted to the hospital
If your dog doesn't eat or drink for 24 to 48 hours after being admitted to the hospital, talk to your dog's veterinarian and the veterinary staff about this concern. Also ask if your dog has had surgery.
Talk to your veterinarian to find out whether your dog should be kept in the hospital or if she can be given some extra fluids.
What to do if your dog has an open wound
Make sure you clean your dog's wound dly.
If the wound is on your dog's ear, keep her in a warm, dry environment and keep the wound covered. If you don't, she could get pneumonia.
If your dog is bleeding, or if she is bleeding and her wound is still open, call your veterinarian immediately.
Treat your dog's wound for any infection.
If your dog doesn't eat, you should give her liquids or other food that she can swallow, even if she is vomiting.
If your dog doesn't want to have a bandage placed on her wound, you can do it yourself using one of these bandage designs.
You can also buy special bandages at a pharmacy or pet store to cover a wound.
Can my dog be home before her wound heals?
If your dog's wound is on her face or you're concerned that your dog may bite or scratch her wound, it's probably not a good idea for you to go home before she has had surgery or has had her wound treated.
Home is a dangerous place for a wound.
If your dog has any other type of wound on her body, and especially if you're not sure if she has any, you need to make sure she gets to the vet right away.
You can't wt until her wound gets better to go home.
The wound might get worse, and you want to be able to monitor it for any signs of infection.
If you go home, you may have to carry your dog around in a baby carrier or other type of carrier. If your dog isn't in one of these carriers, she may be able to get away from you.
How can I stop my dog from biting her wound?
If your dog's wound is on her face, you can try to distract her.
Try to give your dog a treat to look at, or hold up something interesting for her to see.
It's okay to pet your dog's face or rub her body as a means of distraction.
If she resists these attempts to calm her down, you may need to carry her to a quieter area so that you can get away from her.
If she bites you, let her lick away her pn for a few minutes. This may help to ease some of the pn.
If you are trying to stop your dog from licking or biting a wound on her face or other area of her body, there are some things you can try:
Make sure that she has adequate water.
Put toys in a crate or other area that she is less likely to use as a place to relieve herself.
Try to get your dog to understand that biting her wound will not make her feel better. It may even make it worse.
When possible, use a veterinary-supplied muzzle.
Do you need to carry your dog to the vet right away?
To do what's best for your dog, you may need to take her to the vet immediately. Sometimes, your pet can even be able to do so herself. However, if she is having a severe issue, you may need to take her to the vet right away. Here are a few signs to look for if you need to take your dog to the vet immediately:
Your dog is having a seizure.
Your dog is in extreme pn.
Your dog is having trouble breathing.
Your dog is bleeding severely.
Your dog is unconscious or having trouble mntning her own body temperature.
Your dog is having a heart attack or a stroke.
If you have any questions about your dog's condition, don't hesitate to call us at 972-788-0500. We can help you decide if your dog needs to go to the vet right away.
Disclmer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace medical advice or treatment by a veterinarian.