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Wounds and Dogs

Taking your dog out for walks and exercise is great and gives your dog more chance to socialise.  However, the risk of an accident is higher when out walking.

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  • Even the smallest of cuts can produce a lot of blood.
  • It’s not unusual for dogs to step on something sharp or get caught on barbed wire.
  • If your dog does cut itself and the wound is bleeding, the most important thing is to apply pressure until you can get your dog to a vet.
  • Try to cover the wound to minimize contamination from the environment and keep it as clean as possible.
  • Call you vet straight away and don’t feed your dog anything just in case your vet needs to give your dog anaesthetic to treat the wound.
  • A vet should check even the tiniest cut, as it is possible that a foreign body such as a small piece of twig or a stone could contaminate it.
  • Most cuts will require antibiotics to prevent infection.  The vet will assess whether or not the cut needs to be stitched.  A large cut will need repairing although if it is badly infected, the cut may be left open to treat the infection first.  Stitching an infected wound would allow the infection to build up.  In severe cases, however, it may be necessary to stitch up a bad cut with a drain to allow the infection to be drained away.


  • If another dog bites your dog, you should have the bite wound examined by a vet immediately.
  • Mouths are full of bacteria and a bite wound can easily get infected, normally requiring antibiotics to treat it.


Finally remember, when stressed or in pain, dogs can lash out so approach your dog with caution and ensure it is seen by a vet as a matter of urgency.

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