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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.
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
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.
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.
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 .
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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