What To do if dog ​​has a wound in the leg?

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Clean the wound

Look for foreign objects such as broken glass or metal that can be stored in the pad. If the foreign object is where you can easily grab with tongs carefully remove. Waving paw under cold water or spraying with a hose leg can help dislodge tiny particles. If the remains are deep do not touch. If you try to get an object that is, too deep it will only worsen the injury and cause pain. Deep foreign bodies need to be removed by your veterinarian can sedate your dog for more comfortable procedure. Use a mild antibacterial soap or beta dines to disinfect the wound.

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To control bleeding

Apply pressure to the wound with a clean towel Minor scratches stop bleeding within minutes, but the deepest wounds take longer to stabilize. In addition, bleeding can reoccur when the dog starts walking again. If you cannot stop bleeding within 10-15 minutes, this would be an emergency, take your dog to your veterinarian.

Use gauze pad to cushion the bottom of the foot and absorb the blood. The gauze pad also decreases pain when walking. To keep the gauze in place wraps the entire foot. It is important to bandage the leg of the toes to the ankle, including this (tarsus) or wrist. Covering the toes prevents swelling, and cover the ankle or wrist joint bandage prevent slipping. Make sure the bandage is not too tight. You should be able to insert two fingers between the bandage and leg.

Change the bandage every day. If your dog chews the bandage, spray with an anti-licking as bitter apple product. Keep dry bandage taped a plastic bag when walking in soil, grass, wet grass. Paying close attention during dressing changes. If the wound is still bleeding or the wound is still open after 3 days it’s time for a follow up visit to your veterinarian who can provide high powered antibiotics and pain medications that promote faster healing.

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My name is Dr. Winnie. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University, a Masters of Science in Biology from St Georges University, and graduated from the University of Pretoria Veterinary School in South Africa. I have been an animal lover and owners all my life having owned a Rottweiler named Duke, a Pekingese named Athena and now a Bull Mastiff named George, also known as big G! I'm also an amateur equestrian and love working with horses. I'm a full-time Veterinarian in South Africa specializing in internal medicine for large breed dogs. I enjoy spending time with my husband, 2 kids and Big G in my free time. Author and Contribturor at SeniorTailWaggers, A Love of Rottweilers, DogsCatsPets and TheDogsBone