Dog Puncture Wounds
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About Puncture Wounds, Symptoms & Causes:
Punctures, bites and wounds are some of the most common skincare issues for dogs.
Even meek dogs can act protectively, and will fight with other animals to establish or defend their territory. If your dog is left unattended with other animals or spends a lot of time outdoors, be diligent to check their skin for scratches or signs of irritation. Although you might think that a puncture wound would be quite obvious, many wounds are hidden by thick matted hair and can go unnoticed for days. If the wound is ignored, your first visual clue may be that your pet is repeatedly scratching or rubbing the affected areas. Or, you may see reddish or brown staining of the surrounding hair, circular patches of baldness, raised tufts of hair, an overall dull coat, scaly skin, or excessive shedding. More serious tell-tale symptoms to watch out for are sudden drops in energy, appetite loss, or sluggish movement. These signify a spreading infection.
Caring for a Dog with a Puncture Wound:
If you happen to see the puncture or wound immediately after a fight (or have interrupted a fight), try to remain calm. Your dog is probably also quite scared, and will become even more agitated if you respond to him/her with a stressful demeanor. So, try to calm your dog down by petting it, surrounding it with comforting toys, etc. Using a slow relaxed voice, assure your dog that it will be alright. Although your dog will not understand what you are saying, they’ll perceive your soothing tone and emotion.
When your dog is calmed down, move him/her to a sterile area of the house (if possible) and clean your hands thoroughly before handling the wound. If your dog is bleeding, take several pieces of gauze, or a clean towel, and apply pressure for a few minutes until the area is dry.
Then, begin to clean the affected area. Clip away any fur which is hiding the wound with a set of grooming clippers or a small pair of first aid scissors. This will give you greater access to the wound, and give dirt less places to hide as the wound heals.
One the area is clipped, take a clean gauze or towel and soak it in an antibacterial solution, such as saline solution, hibitane or hydrogen peroxide. Or, wet the towel and rub it with a gentle soap. Use the towel or gauze to wipe away any dirt, debris or grass from the wound. Depending on the severity of the puncture, this may sting. So, you may want to have another household member restrain and soothe your dog during this process.
Gently pat the area dry with a towel. Use a topical (surface) skin protectant, such as Aardora, to guard the skin against bacteria and keep the affected area clean. Aardora will also relieve your dog’s inflammation and redness, and minimize uncomfortable skin-surface pressure. Afterwards, cover the area with a gauze and bandage, being mindful not to wrap the bandage too tight and cut off circulation to the affected area.
In the following days, check the wound every 12 hours. Gently remove any scabs or dead skin that have formed, clean the area with soap and water, apply Aardora ointment and apply a fresh clean bandage. Unless the wound is extremely large and deep, it can generally be left uncovered after 3 days.
In some cases, a pus-filled boil will develop as the puncture heals. Pus is a thick fluid produced by the body as it fights the bacterial infection. While these white skin cells are attacking the bacteria, they create a hardened lump on the skin. Do not be alarmed; although this boil, or pustule, may be unattractive, it is a sign that your dog’s body is fighting infection and trying to heal itself.
If you come in contact with draining pus, just wash your hands; this bacteria is only infectious to humans if it is exposed to an open wound on the owner’s skin.
During the Healing Process...
While your dog’s puncture wound is healing, try to limit your pet's activity so that they are not further endangering the open skin sore. Also, if possible, limit or restrict their exposure to the outdoors. Outdoor areas are be filled with irritating substances (dirt, grass, bacteria, fungus) that can infect your pet's wound and slow or compromise the healing process.
Try to provide your dog with balanced nutritious meals. Without proper nourishment, a pet's entire body, not just its skin and coat, will be continuously in a state of stress. If you are feeding your dog inexpensive commercial dog food, try upgrading to a meat or seafood-filled organic product.
And, of course, treating your dog with an extra dose of TLC (tender loving care) will help him or her to heal more comfortably. Surround your dog with its favorite toys, pillows, etc.