No matter what, your dog will be one of the highlights of your day. They can take away your stress and cheer you up by just smiling at you and to have them cuddled and pet. Because of that reason, it is also stressing when they get sick. It will be worrisome and distressing. There are also times that you do not know what to do or how to start.
Their paw is an area that might likely get injured. It is common enough to happen because of circumstances but not something always expected that you might be clueless about what to do. It is not that complicated though. If you have a first aid kit for you and your family, you will also need to prepare one for your dog, to be always ready.
1. Check the Injury First
The first thing you need to do is to see what kind of injury your dog has. It could be a wound or a sprain. You should also know if it is something serious or shallow. You should also check if there is debris and have it removed right away to prevent further infections. There will also be times you will need to take them to a vet, but can still do something to prevent it from getting worse. Taking a picture will also help for showing it to the vet.
2. Clean It
After checking the injury, make sure to also have it cleaned before applying a wrap. Have it cleaned with water and soap. Make sure that the soap is mild, so a baby soap will far be the best. Then after that, you will need to disinfect the wound with either a disinfectant or by washing it with anti-bacterial soap or applying an ointment after having it dry.
3. Apply the Wrap
Now, it is time to wrap up your dog’s paw. First, you will need to make sure that it is not open or else you might need a sterile pad for further protection. What you will really need is a gauze pad and have it wrapped with a bandage. Make sure to not have it too tight. The best way to test it is to have two fingers still fit in the wrap.
After applying the wrap, you will still need to take care of your dog. First and foremost is to watch out if their injury is healing or getting worse, and you might really need to call for your vet. Also, always make sure that the bandage remains dry. Always have them supervised to make sure they will not hurt themselves further. Your dog might also get irritated with the bandage and would like to get rid of it or chew it. What you can do is to place them and Elizabethan collar or the coned collar. This way, they will be not able to reach their injury.
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