My dog
Advices from our vets

My dog is wounded

29 October 2021

Our dogs live lives that are sometimes fraught with pitfalls! Outside, during a walk or a big outing, with or without you …; for these spirited, reckless animals who are sometimes oblivious to danger (so absorbed in exploring or pursuing a trail!), the risks of injury, wounds, abrasions, and cuts are numerous. Fortunately, dogs have great physical abilities, are particularly agile, and manage to avoid many accidents and serious injuries.

In these pages, you will find some tips to take care of these minor ailments:

  • How to identify the type of wound: cuts, burns, abscesses, licking sores, and other excoriations.

  • How to act when a wound is discovered on your dog: before acting, it is important to be able to explore the wound to determine its extent and depth in order to remedy it. This is all the more important if blood smears on the hair around the wound, it can lead to a poor evaluation. Likewise, some wounds can appear very superficial and hide deeper damage.

  • How to clean a wound: Once the exploration is complete, the wound should be free of any debris or foreign bodies, then cleaned. This step will facilitate the healing process.

  • How to disinfect a wound: it is important to choose the right disinfectant product.

  • When and how to put on a bandage: in some cases, it is useful to cover the wound to provide protection, avoid painful contact, and limit unwanted licking.

In some cases, especially if the wound is deep, extensive, very inflamed, or if your dog is in pain, it is essential to seek advice from your veterinarian. It is especially important if your dog’s general condition changes or the wound changes in appearance, produces a foul odor, fluid, or discharge. Although in most cases an injury is mild and can heal more or less spontaneously, it is always a good idea to monitor the progress and act early to avoid any complications.

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