How To Treat A Dog Wound

How To Treat A Dog Wound


If you have a dog, chances are you’ll need to treat some sort of wound at some point. Even the most careful and attentive pet owner will have to face this reality. Luckily, with the right supplies and approach, treating a dog wound is not difficult. In this article, we’ll talk about how to treat your dog’s wound safely and effectively.

Before You Start

Preparing your dog to receive treatment is an important step. If the wound is on his foot, place him in a standing position and use a leash to hold him there. If he’s still bleeding, wait until it stops before proceeding with cleaning or bandaging.

Once you’ve got the area ready, prepare whatever cleaning materials (e.g., peroxide or saline solution) and bandaging materials (e.g., gauze) you’ll need for treating his injury as well as any medications or supplements he might require afterward (e.g., antibiotics).

What Materials To Gather

To treat a wound, you’ll need the following materials:

  • Gauze pads (to cover the wound and absorb blood)
  • Tweezers (to remove foreign objects from the wound)
  • Rubbing alcohol (to cleanse the wound area)
  • Sterile saline (for irrigating wounds and flushing debris out of orifices; also known as a “saline solution” or “normal saline”) and/or antiseptic wipes for cleansing wounds in pets that cannot tolerate soaks in water due to other health issues. In these cases, an antiseptic wipe will suffice for cleaning out debris from wounds before using a sterile saline solution to irrigate them cleanly.
  • Antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin or Triple Antibiotic Ointment may be applied over cleaned wounds several times daily until they heal completely to prevent infections from forming around them.
  • Hydrocortisone cream can be used instead of an antibiotic ointment if there is no sign of infection present. It works best as an anti-inflammatory agent when applied directly over affected areas because it helps reduce swelling in surrounding tissue caused by inflammation itself which could impede healing time after injury occurs on either internal organs within someone’s body structure itself or externally exposed skin surfaces like those found on arms legs hands feet toes heads necks faces etcetera…

Steps To Treating A Deep Wound

  • Clean the wound with mild soap and water.
  • Remove any debris or foreign objects from the wound.
  • Apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the area, covering all of it so that no part of the skin is left uncovered. It’s important to note that not all dogs need an antibiotic ointment; ask your veterinarian whether one is necessary in this case. If you’re using a human-grade topical antibiotic ointment on your dog, be sure to follow directions carefully (i.e., do not use too little or too much).
  • Apply a bandage over top of the dressing and around all sides of the wound to keep it clean while it heals; this will also help prevent infection and keep out dirt as well as any other foreign materials that may get into it during recovery time! Make sure there aren’t any gaps between bandages where air can get into wounds—this could result in further complications down road if there’s already been damage done by bacteria entering through open sores caused by injuries sustained during an accident like yours today.”

Final Thoughts

If you’re unsure about how to treat a dog wound, or if you think your dog has sustained an injury that requires veterinary attention, contact us for help. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

Our number one priority is the health and well-being of your dogs, so we strive to provide the highest quality care in every instance.

Following the above steps will help your dog heal from its wound.

  • Clean the wound.
  • Cover the wound with a dry bandage.
  • Keep it dry, elevated and calm.


We hope this article has given you a better understanding of how to treat your dog’s wound. You now have the knowledge to help your dog in a time of need. Remember that if you are unsure about anything, always consult a vet for advice and guidance.

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