No matter how much you protect your pets, you cannot stop everything. They will find ways to get into things they shouldn’t, or have accidents. A pet with a cut or scrape is common. This doesn’t necessarily warrant a trip to the vet, however. There are some tips to treating your pet’s cuts and scrapes at home, and know when it’s time to see the vet.
Examine the wound.
Start by being calm and speaking gently and soothingly to your pet. If necessary, ask someone to help you hold her. Inspect the wound carefully. It’s best if you use some gloves for this and it may help to have a cotton ball, or cloth to dab at blood so that you can see better. How deep is the wound? Is there anything inside it? If it is very deep and might need stitches, it’s best to see the vet. If there is something inside it, you might be able to extract it yourself gently with tweezers. If you’re very uncomfortable with that, there’s always the vet to help.
Wash and dry the area.
Clean debris and blood away gently with warm water and an antiseptic solution. Chlorhexidine is a common, easy-to-find solution that works well. Once you’ve rinsed the area clean, pat it dry.
Apply an ointment.
To help a wound heal, apply an antimicrobial ointment, just as you would on yourself. Something with neomycin is usually safe. If you’re unsure of what to use, ask your vet.
Dress it carefully.
Animals are known to chew at wounds. So, it’s important to make sure they’re covered. This can get a little difficult if the wound is in a hard-to-wrap place. If your pet is persistent about the licking and chewing, try a cone to prevent them from doing so. Leave the dressing on for a long while. You should change it at least once a day. Give the wound a chance to air out for a little while between changing bandages if you can.
Is it large and bleeding heavily?
If the wound is sizeable and bleeding significantly, don’t wait. Bandage it quickly—and safely—and head straight for the vet’s office. Whether your pet needs treatment for an injury, or need to know how to treat one at home, we’re here for you at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals.