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First aid: the dog cut its paw. What to do?

a dog walks on the ground, which is full of shards of glass or other sharp objects. No animal is immune.

Sooner or later, every dog owner has to deal with the fact that his pet starts to limp, can’t move his paws, and drips blood

The reason is simple – the dog walks on the ground, which is full of glass shards or other sharp objects. No dog owner will break a bottle in the street for this very reason – we always remember our pets. But what and how to treat a cut wound? It seems simple – use a belt to stop the bleeding, apply a medicated ointment and dress it.

In fact, it turns out that dogs arrive at veterinary clinics almost every day with cuts on their paws, and the first aid they received from their owners was wrong. Vets can list a whole list of incorrect ways of treating dogs at home, and owners are finding new solutions with undying enthusiasm.In fact, first aid for a dog is very simple, you just need to know how to give it:

Don’t let the dog lick the wound!

This is the first thing a pet will try to do, but if there is a shard of glass left in the wound, the dog may also cut its tongue. Try to stop all attempts to lick the wound immediately.

No need to wear a blood stopping belt!

Amazingly, the structure of dogs and humans is different. If you are good at first aid for humans, it does not mean that you will be as good at it for a dog.For a dog, the bleeding of the paw is stopped by applying a bandage to the wound site itself; if the bleeding is very heavy, a bandage will limit the bleeding significantly.

Do not powder the wound!

Streptocide powder and other similar substances have long been discontinued: you can cause tissue burns, which will lead to prolonged wound healing, forming hard crusts on the wound, which can lead to abscesses. Simply flush the wound with boiled (not hot!) water or an antiseptic water solution. This can be hydrogen peroxide, furacil solution or very mild potassium permanganate. Rinsing is done to clean the wound of sand, clinging debris and soil particles. If possible, cut the hair around the wound to avoid irritating the tissue.

Be sure to show the dog to the doctor!

A general view of the wound may not reveal the severity of the consequences. A small and narrow but deep wound may require surgery, whereas a large cut wound may be largely harmless and heal quickly. The veterinarian will not only examine the wound, but also determine the integrity of the tendons. If the tendons are damaged, they must be sutured and the paw itself must be secured with a bandage and splint or it will not heal properly. It may also be necessary to install a drainage system when suturing the wound, especially if the affected area has been heavily contaminated.

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