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Dog Wounds and Surgical Incisions – Should I Take My Dog to the Vet?

January 12, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog First Aid and Veterinary Emergencies, Dog Injuries, Dog Surgeries and Incisions, Dog Symptoms, Dog Wounds and Infections, General Dog Health, Symptoms of Infection in Dogs

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If your dog has a wound, it’s important to know when you need to take the dog to the veterinary clinic. You need to know when it’s okay to treat a dog’s wound at home and when a dog needs stitches, antibiotics or other treatment.

Immediately following a dog fight or accident that results in a dog with a cut or other wound, the first step is to clean the dog’s wound – this will need to be done regardless of whether the wound will need stitches or additional treatment at the veterinary clinic. Pet owners should always clean a dog’s wound at home before bringing the pet to the veterinary clinic, unless there is serious bleeding or other injuries that could be life threatening (i.e. broken bones, eye injuries, possible internal injuries from getting hit by a car, etc.)

“Is My Dog’s Wound Infected? Should I Take My Dog to the Vet?”

There are several situations that warrant a trip to the veterinary clinic for antibiotics, stitches or wound debridement (cleaning the wound and removing dead or damaged tissue.) These include:

  • Symptoms of Infection in the Dog’s Wound
  • A Dog with Bite Wounds (oral antibiotics are required to prevent infection in a bite wound)
  • Wounds Involving the Eye or Eyelid
  • Wounds Involving the Dog’s Mouth or Lips
  • Wounds that Need Stitches
  • Dog’s Wound is Bleeding Severely

How Can I Tell if My Dog’s Wound Need Stitches?

How can you tell if a dog’s cut needs stitches?

Generally speaking, a dog’s wound needs stitches if it’s deep (1/2 inch or deeper) and if the wound is greater than 1 inch in length; the large gap between the edges of the wound makes healing a slow process.

If you suspect that your dog needs stitches, you need to act quickly. Veterinarians (and “people doctors” for that matter”) try to avoid stitching wounds that are older than 12 hours due to the high risk of infection.

When it comes to the question of, “Should I take my dog to the vet?” there is one very important rule of thumb: when in doubt, take the dog to the veterinarian. If you are not confident handling a dog’s injury, it’s always best to seek the assistance of a veterinarian. Remember, if you delay treatment for a wound or infection and the situation worsens, it will be more expensive for the owner and more painful for the dog.

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Pet Nail Trimming – How to Avoid Clipping a Dog’s Nail Too Short

January 10, 2010 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Injuries, Dog Nail Clipping, Dog Nail Injuries and Broken Nails, General Dog Health, Home Remedies for Dogs, PediPaws Pet Nail Trimmer, Pet Nail Clippers and Nail Trimmers, Pet Products, Peticure Dog Nail Trimmer, Stop a Dog's Nail Bleeding, Styptic Powder for Bleeding Nails

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Accidentally cut a dog’s nail too short and it’s not an experience that the dog or pet owner is likely to forget. It can be frightening for the owner because a dog’s broken nail will bleed profusely and it’s difficult to get the bleeding to stop.

It’s important to avoid clipping a dog’s nails too short, as this can be very painful for the dog. If the dog associates pain with nail clipping, it’s very likely that the dog will struggle next time the nail clippers come out!

What’s worse, a dog who struggles and tries to run away during nail trimming is more likely to suffer an over-clipped nail due to sudden movement!

Tip to Avoid Cutting a Dog’s Nails too Short

It’s really easy to clip a dog’s nails too short because the quick is longer than it looks. If you hold a dog’s paw up to the light, you can see the nail quick. But the very tip of the quick narrows and it’s located at the very core of the nail; this makes it difficult to (visually) determine where the quick ends.

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In short, the quick is longer than it looks. So to avoid clipping a dog’s nails too short try this: Look at the dog’s nail in bright light; determine the point where it looks like the nail ends; the quick extends about 1/8 – 1/6 of an inch beyond where it looks like the quick ends, so it will need to be clipped beyond that point.

If a dog has dark or black nails, it’s best to avoid clipping since you can’t tell where the quick ends. Instead of using nail clippers, opt for a dremel-style pet nail trimmer like PediPaws (pictured above, available for $19.99 at PetSmart) or Dremel’s Pet Nail Grooming Kit (pictured at left, available for $49.99 at PetSmart).

PediPaws and dremel-style nail trimmers for pets are also ideal for dogs who are scared of nail clipping – you know, the dogs who run and hide at the very sight of the nail clippers! To get more tips on how to help a dog who’s scared of nail trimming, read Tips to Avoid a Struggle During Dog Nail Clipping.

Another tip: trim a dog’s nails frequently! At least twice a month; more often if the dog does not walk on pavement (pavement naturally files the dog’s nails a bit). The dog’s nail quick actually grows longer if you don’t trim a dog’s nails on a regular basis. This leaves the dog more prone to painful and bloody broken nails, which can require a trip to the veterinary clinic and anesthesia to fix!

Read this related article on The Sick Dog Blog to learn about products and home remedies to get a dog’s nail to stop bleeding.

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