As many people already know, including those who have a pet and more specifically a dog, the bigger the wound is - the worse consequences for the life of a dog in this case, it may have. Since this goes for dogs as well as well as for people, it is essential to act in the case of a more serious injury just like when a person is in question. But, unfortunately, those big wounds do not always prove to be the most dangerous ones, because a smaller wound can be quite as dangerous as the bigger one, the main reason for this being the fact that the previous ones tend to be more susceptible to various infections. All the mishaps that can befall a dog can be categorized into the following groups – lacerations (appearing due to tearing), punctures (main culprits are nails, bullets, barbed wire), incisions (caused by cuts of sharp objects), wounds due to crushing and abrasions (highly sensitive to various infections) and abrasions (caused by frequent rubbing of the skin).
Just like there exists a specific categorization of the wounds, there also exist particular approaches and rules which should be employed and not disregarded at any cost. In the case of fresh wounds, what should be done right away is stopping the bleeding and taking up required steps to stop the possible occurrence of an infection. If injury itself is of a mild nature, then the first step is to wash the wound immediately with the aid of soap and some clean water, and after that the wound should be dried and an antiseptic should be put on top of it. In case you want to make sure nothing interferes with the healing process, you can also bandage the wound.
In case the injury itself is much more serious, both in nature and in size, then by all means, you should, take your dog straight to the vet. The only thing you may do is to wash the wound and put a bacteria-free cloth on top of it, or wrap it and tighten by a bandage. Other types of wounds that require immediate vet’s attention are wounds caused by unknown objects inside an eye, such as dust particles, minute objects, trash, small stones and grass and alike. When any of these things is located on the surface, you can carefully give it a try and hopefully take it out. On the other hand, if it is something more serious and deeper, then it’s better to take the dog straight to the vet, since any mistake on your part can damage your dog’s eyes beyond treating possibilities.