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How to Treat and Clean Dog Wound?

(June 9, 2010)

Because of the fact that a dog’s lifestyle makes it more prone to being inflicted with wounds, being a good dog and effective dog owner and lover means that you should know how to provide a minimum amount of dog first aid were your pooch unfortunate enough to find itself the victim of some kind of physical trauma. As with humans, the bigger wounds tend to be substantially more serious than the smaller ones as they usually entail significant damage to the skin tissue as well as intense hemorrhaging. Wounds are medically classified into five main categories – punctures, lacerations, incisions, abrasions and wounds caused by crushing. There are three primary rules that one would need to follow irrespective of the type of wound inflicted. It is important to first restrain any bleeding, treat the animal as if he were in shock and prevent the development of any kind of infection. If the wound is rather large and serious – it should only be treated by a trained veterinarian and on a priority basis. Smaller medical ailments such as foreign bodies finding their way into the eyes such as dust, dirt or even pieces of tree bark, can often easily be removed with the help of a clean handkerchief if the impact is superficial. However, this is recommended against because of the fact that any haphazard or clumsy movement is likely to cause more damage than it will good. Treating dog wounds is not something that everyone can accomplish, nor is it something that everyone should attempt because of the repercussions that it will have on the animal if something were to go wrong. As much as possible – try to find a trained veterinarian to help with any dog wound care.

Treating dog wounds relies heavily on the kind of initial aid provided and bringing a stop to the bleeding is of prime importance to the overall outcome of the situation. The two most commonly used methods employed to stop excessive bleeding are known as pressure dressing and tourniquet. The pressure dressing method will require lengths of sterilized pieces of gauze to be placed over the wound and bandaged rather stiffly. If you notice any swelling of the limb under the pressure bandage, it is an indication of impaired circulation and the bandage may need to be relaxed a bit. The tourniquet method is primarily used in the instance of a spurting artery and will require a length of gauze to be wrapped around a limb, and then tightened by the hand before a stick beneath a loop is twisted until the bleeding has stopped. Because this severely limits blood circulation, it is important to remember to loosen the tourniquet after intervals of 30 minutes to let the blood flow.
Submitted by N M on June 9, 2010 at 02:31


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