We love our pets and consider them members of our family, and when they are injured it can throw us into a tailspin. Do we rush to the vet, or can we treat some wounds ourselves safely?
Treating pet wounds at home, provided the wound is minor, is something any pet owner can and should do. At Leon Valley Veterinary Hospital, we believe in empowering pet owners with the skills they need to safely take care of their pets’ minor bumps and bruises at home whenever possible.
Treating Pet Wounds
The main objective when it comes to treating pet wounds is to stop the bleeding and prevent infection. The sooner a wound is cleaned and treated, the less likelihood it will become infected and cause bigger problems for your pet.
If you’re expecting a litter of kittens, congratulations! Newborn kittens are quite possibly the sweetest, cutest little bundles of joy around, but that doesn’t mean you can sit idly by oohing and ahhing. Your queen, or pregnant mother cat, deserves your full attention during this special, yet nerve-wracking time. She’ll be tuning into instincts we can only guess at, but with your support and calm assistance, she’ll be mama cat of the year.
Does your dog love to go for walks but pulls on the leash the entire time? As canine enthusiasm is hard to contain, subsequent hacking or gagging may ensue halfway around the block. Collars secured around the neck certainly hold their own with a sizable list of “pro’s,” but a pet harness is a very worthy alternative.
As a group, domestic felines are interesting, sharp, and physically stunning, but they’re also typecast as a pet that’s easy to care for. Felines may be perceived as less demanding of attention or even affection, although scores of individual cats do, in fact, demand (and deserve) both. This is to say that cats are sort of, well, misunderstood. Perhaps the worst gap in knowledge is around cat nutrition.