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Caring for Your Dog’s Injuries That Don’t Warrant a Vet Visit

Even minor wounds that don’t require visits to the veterinarian can be scary to pet owners. You want to ensure your dog is safe and secure instead of in pain and misery. Below are tips you can use when caring for your dog’s injuries at home without visiting the vet.

Caring for Your Dog's Injuries That Don't Warrant a Vet Visit

Stop the Bleeding

Seeing blood dripping from your pet is never a pleasant sight, and it could cause your stress levels to increase rapidly.

As a pet owner, you need to calm down immediately to stop the bleeding.

Failing to do so could worsen the injury and require your pet to see the veterinarian.

You can control the bleeding by applying firm pressure to the injured area.

However, if the bleeding does not stop after a few minutes, it is critical to seek medical attention as the wound may need suturing.

Dog getting a turquoise bandage wrapped on leg

Be Prepared

The first step with an injury is cleaning it, primarily regarding wounds.

You can purchase over the counter pet wound care to make this step more manageable, but you should also be prepared for the actual process.

Getting your dog to sit still during the cleaning will be challenging but not impossible.

Keep in mind that she is likely just as nervous and afraid as you are, and she is going through physical pain.

Therefore, it is necessary to make the wound cleaning process as simple for her as possible by purchasing safe and secure restraint tools.

Cat with white bandage on leg close to paw


One of the most convenient ways to keep your dog’s injuries from getting worse is to keep the injured areas well protected.

For example, if a wound is open, the infection could worsen instead of heal, causing you to seek medical attention from the vet.

However, covering the wound with bandages and other necessities will keep it protected against further bumps and run-ins, bacteria, and other harmful chemicals your dog could encounter via the air, playing in the backyard, and more.

It is also imperative to change the coverings frequently to stabilize the injury and heal the infection.

Black and white dog's leg wrapped in purple bandage

Be Aware

Caring for your dog’s injuries requires you to know her whereabouts at all times.

For example, if you are cooking in the kitchen or cleaning out the bedroom, it is vital to know where your dog is during this time.

She could reinjure herself or prevent the wound from healing correctly when unattended.

It is also a good idea to temporarily limit the places you visit while out and about or stay well aware of the surroundings.

Taking your pet to areas with sharp objects or that require jumping may be difficult at the moment.

Avoid these places if you cannot keep away from dangerous things or assist your dog with steps.

It’s easy to feel worried and flustered when your pet has an injury.

But for minor injuries, you can often take care of them yourself.

Using the tips above could keep your dog feeling tremendous and allow his injury to heal promptly without warranting a visit to the vet.

Mary Gardner

Friday 31st of December 2021

This is great information. It's nice to know there are some things I can treat without a vet visit.

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