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Treating Simple Pet Injuries at Home

If your pet has a minor injury that you can treat at home, you can ease your pet’s discomfort by providing quick, simple care using a pet first aid kit. You can either purchase a first aid kit online or make one yourself. Here are some easy ways that you can treat simple pet injuries at home:

Control Bleeding

If your pet is bleeding, the first thing you want to do is try to control and/or stop the bleeding. Use clean towels or gauze pads to apply pressure to the wound until the blood begins to clot. If you can’t stop the bleeding, you should take your pet to the emergency veterinary clinic as soon as possible. For minor bleeding, you may be able to stop it using styptic powder. 

Clean and Disinfect Wounds

Once the bleeding has stopped, you need to clean and disinfect the wound. Use tweezers to remove any foreign objects or debris from the wound. Then use clean water or saline solution to flush the wound. Spray antibacterial spray, betadine, or chlorhexidine on the wound, and apply antibacterial gel or cream. 

Close Wounds

Use sterile gauze pads or strips and adhesive tape to cover the wound. You can also use wound closure strips to hold small, deep wounds together. 

Use Wound Spray

For an extra layer of protection, you can use wound spray to ensure that no bugs, fleas, or flies have contact with the wound. Wound spray also kills bacteria, viruses, and other infection-causing pathogens. Wound spray can also reduce swelling and pain and speed up healing.

If the treatments above don’t work or your pet’s injury is more complex, you should bring him to the closest emergency veterinary clinic as soon as possible.

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