It’s said that dogs don’t have a sense of time. When I’ve only gone to the mailbox, I’m greeted like I was gone for a week! However, sometimes I do question this track of thinking. Every single time one of my dogs have injured themselves, it’s been over the weekend.
While chatting in the garage, I noticed a fresh drop of blood on the floor. I told the Hubby someone was bleeding, everyone gets checked!! Turns out Breck was the winner… Again! It did not look this bad when it happened. We applied pressure and it stopped bleeding, so we thought it was ok. We cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide and wrapped it up.
In the morning, we noticed it had opened up and started bleeding again. We shaved the area to get a better look at it. It was a good gash alright. It looked clean though and I’ve now become educated in the right methods of dog gash care!
Turns out hydrogen peroxide isn’t all that good for cuts. You might think all that bubbling of hydrogen peroxide on your wound is its germ-killing action hard at work… However, that bubbling isn’t just killing the bacteria in your cut, it’s also killing your body’s fibroblasts, the cells responsible for repairing the wound.
Only use cool water to clean wounds.
Then wrap the area with or without a bit of Neosporin. I really hate ‘coning’ a dog. However, we couldn’t have him ripping off the bandage. My solution was to spray the outer bandage with ‘bitters’ or the no-bite solution. He did lick it, but not enough to get it off.
Three days later, he was all scabbed-up and had put the incident behind him.
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl