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#1 kadoodle

Posted 26 January 2020 - 12:25 PM

Last week one of my dogs needed stitches after an altercation with a cat. This morning she tore the wound back open when the same cat rolled her down a hill. The vet doesn’t want to re-stitch, as there’s an infection in there, and says it has to be cared for as an open wound.

How do I go about keeping it clean? Keeping her from bothering it (she’s got a cone on, but nothing to stop her rolling or rubbing. I put baby socks on her to stop her scratching it)? How about keeping her quiet? She’s an 18mth old working dog, and not really keen on quiet time.

#2 DragonsGrace

Posted 26 January 2020 - 02:00 PM

My dog gnawed a wound in his rear flank and wouldn’t leave it alone so I used one of DDS old nighties which fitted him perfectly to stop him from worrying it. I cut 2 holes in the bottom to pop his back legs through and cut a “U” in the front so he couldn’t pee on it. Depending on size of the dog, old kids clothes up to adult T-shirt’s could work. It kept him from bothering it for long enough to break his habit (he’s a mildly anxious obsessive dog) and let it heal

#3 *Spikey*

Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:09 PM

So cleaning can be done with warm, salty water.

Just flush it out, morning and night. A bit above lukewarm, but not hot, is quite soothing - and not too salty.

There is also a nice product called wound guard which uses bitter aloe to stop animals from licking and chewing wounds. It is foul - do not get it on yourself. It is quite effective on most animals.

Depending on where the wound is, you could try putting a T-shirt or something similar on the dog - which will give a layer between the open wound and the ground, should there be wiggling and wriggling on the ground. Or you could try those fun, sticky bandages, but with a non-stick dressing and some cotton wool to pad it - so not closing the wound, but preventing licking and chewing on it. That would allow it to drain, and be washed regularly.

#4 Ivy Ivy

Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:30 PM

I don't know about dog wounds but human skin wounds heal best with a bandage that absorbs - sorry to be graphic - leaking pus/fluid while keeping the immediate skin environment moist, which encourages the skin cells to grow back together.
So as *Spikey* wrote above, if you can keep an absorbent pad bandage on the area, that may be great for wound recovery.  It's still an open wound - open just means no stitches.

#5 Oriental lily

Posted 26 January 2020 - 03:34 PM

Since I was a kid and we owned horses we have put certigen spray on our animal wounds . That stuff is magic.  It seems to make wounds dry out and scab up so fast plus is keeps flies away . My lab is prone  to hot spots and certigen always heaps them up super fast . I get mine from equine supply store .

#6 kadoodle

Posted 26 January 2020 - 06:04 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m pretty dubious about leaving it uncovered, because flies. An absorbent pad under a tee shirt makes much more sense to this neurotic dog mum.

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