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Treating Your Dogs Shallow Wounds

Friday, July 11, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG WOUNDDuring the course of your  dogs life, he may get injured or  cut himself.Wounds fall into two main categories: shallow and deep. Shallow wounds involve just the skin; deep wounds penetrate to the muscles and other tissues below the skin. To treat a shallow wound make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Use cotton pads and a mild antibacterial soap to clean the wound. Clean it thoroughly and gently.  Rinse the wound with a sterile saline solution. Apply anti-bacterial ointment to the wound. Cover the wound with gauze then wrap it with a bandage but make sure that it isn’t wrapped too tightly as to cut off circulation. Periodically feel your dogs toes. If they become swollen or cool to the touch, remove the bandage. Leave the bandage off until the swelling goes down. Gently re-apply the bandage.

If the wound is deep and there is a lot of bleeding, take your dog to the vet because he probably requires stitches.

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