From getting into fights with other animals to becoming entangled in branches and bushes while exploring the backyard, there are a number of ways in which your pet can end up hurting itself. Often, owners are not even able to determine what caused the wound.
It’s heartbreaking to see your little friend writhing in pain or constantly licking and chomping on the injured area due to the irritation and discomfort.
Cuts, wounds, scrapes or punctures may lead to more serious problems if left unattended. Broken skin makes your pet more susceptible to a number of health issues, such as infections.
Ensuring that your pet leaves the wound alone and lets it heal undisturbed can be quite a task. Now, you can’t really make them understand the importance of keeping that bandage on or not licking away the ointment. As a result, you have to either put the “cone of shame” known as an Elizabethan collar on your pet or always be on the lookout to make sure they’re not making the injury worse.
While we can’t stop them from being their curious and playful selves, we can definitely equip ourselves to deal with minor pet wounds in the best possible way.
You need to know the appropriate first aid that your pet requires, depending upon the kind of wound. The basic steps for dealing with injuries in pets are:
Any cut or puncture that breaks the skin can be a real problem. Tetanus, for instance, can be contracted from any wound and make take up to two weeks for signs to develop. (1) You should rush to a veterinarian in the case of deep cuts and serious wounds, but sometimes minor injuries can be easily taken care of at home.
In most cases, the fur will need to be trimmed or cut to avoid contact with the wound and to let the wound dry out. To clean wounds hydrogen peroxide is an excellent choice. Here are also a few home remedies that work wonders in treating minor wounds in pets.
Manuka honey is very effective for treating infections and burns. It contains methylglyoxal (MGO), a toxic substance that helps kill bacteria. It is safe to use on topical wounds.
This inexpensive ingredient with healing and antibacterial properties is an age-old solution for treating wounds. (3)
Sugar helps a wound heal faster by drawing the fluid out and curbing bacterial growth. It also helps in the debridement of necrotic tissue and preserving viable tissue. The hyperosmolarity in sugar not only prevents bacterial proliferation. It also aids in fighting existing infections.
Continue using this remedy until you see granulation tissue, which is a reddish connective tissue that forms on the surface of a wound as it heals. Close the wound or let new skin growth seal it after the infection is gone.
A saline water treatment is one of the first things you should do when attending to a wounded pet. Salt water is used for cleaning wounds and accelerating the healing process. (4)
Saline water is antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory. It is a mild disinfectant and helps clear contamination out of your pet's minor wound.
When sodium chloride (the chemical that salt is made of) comes in contact with cells, it forces the liquid in them to move out of the body. Bacterial liquids are also pushed out, leaving the skin clean.
Aloe vera has an array of benefits that make it a suitable remedy for treating minor wounds in pets. It has an analgesic effect as well as anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions. (5)
This magical plant helps heal burns, alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. It accelerates the healing of soft tissue wounds and helps in the regeneration of skin cells.
This remedy is great for your pet’s skin. In dogs, it is also used to treat dermatitis and issues affecting their foot pads.
Repeat this remedy 1 or 2 times daily for best results.
Pet owners all over the world vouch for this highly effective solution. It works for all kinds of pets, be it dogs, cats, hamsters, birds or even reptiles!
Colloidal silver can be used in the treatment of infections and diseases. (6) It is also a very effective home disinfectant and sanitizer and can be used as a preventive measure if avoiding contact with sick pets is not an option.
Colloidal silver is available in the form of sprays and drops and can be used to clean wounds and cure skin conditions. This inexpensive remedy for treating minor injuries in pets will promote rapid healing, kill microbes, reduce inflammation and more.
Apple cider vinegar is widely used as a home remedy for treating minor pet injuries and infections. This self-care product is antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial in nature.
In fact, apple cider vinegar is a very useful solution for various pet-related issues. Other than treating wounds, it is used for improving heart health and accelerating weight loss. For dogs, it can act as a tick and flea repellent, cure itchy skin and ease joint pain. In cats, a diluted form of apple cider vinegar can be used topically to kill fleas, ringworm, and mites. It also helps clean your cat’s skin and remove allergens.
There are a number of ways in which apple cider vinegar can be used to help you take better care of your furry friend. It can be applied topically on lumps and bumps, or mixed into your pet’s bathwater. You may also add a splash of apple cider vinegar to your pet’s food.
Apple cider vinegar can sting when applied to broken skin or sores. For that reason, it’s best not to use this remedy on extremely raw skin or open wounds.
This economical, readily available and an easy-to-follow remedy is extensively used for treating minor pet wounds. An over-the-counter antiseptic, iodine (Betadine) is used to cleanse wounds in order to prevent an infection. (7)
Betadine is an integral part of your pet’s first aid kit. Make sure you never run out of it!
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