Pyoderma? Abscess? Skin irritation?
We thought she had gotten insect bites and aggravated them. Swelling went down and I have been using antiseptic shampoo and iodine to clean. Tried to clean it today and it begin to bleed. What other home care can I do besides cleaning and keeping it clean?
Editor Suggestions - Dog Wound Care
If your dog's wound has begun to bleed, it's important to take extra precautions to prevent infection and promote healing. Here are some additional steps you can take for home care:
Apply a clean, damp cloth to the wound to help stop bleeding. Hold it in place for a few minutes until the bleeding slows or stops.
Apply a small amount of pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage. This will help to keep the wound closed and prevent further bleeding.
If the wound is deep or severe, or if bleeding doesn't stop after a few minutes, seek veterinary care immediately.
You may also want to apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the wound to prevent infection. Make sure to use a product that is specifically formulated for dogs and follow the instructions carefully.
Consider using an Elizabethan collar (also known as a "cone") to prevent your dog from licking or biting at the wound. This can help to prevent further irritation or infection.
Monitor the wound closely for any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, discharge, or a foul odor. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.
Proper wound care is essential to help your dog heal and prevent further complications. If you have any concerns or questions, or if the wound isn't healing properly, or you just suspect something is wrong with your dog's wound, be sure to contact your veterinarian for advice.