WILD- Lesson 3- Skin Injuries

Very important to keep the dog from licking wounds as this increases the risk of infection

  • Mild wounds or abrasions – Clean well, try to cover, monitor 1-2x daily for worsening redness, swelling, pain or discharge.
  • Lacerations (through all layers of the skin) may be gaping. Clean well, control bleeding, cover if possible, try to keep wound moist with lube or ointment, seek vet care.
  • Punctures – Higher risk of infection as they are harder to clean well. Try to clean/flush thoroughly if possible, depending on location. Do not cover and pick scabs to keep wound open/draining for several days. Monitor for signs of infection.
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