What Do You Do if a Dog Gets A Cut?

You are sitting in the warm sun or walking down a path, enjoying a few moments of relaxation when your dog comes in from the yard, field, or from a romp with fellow dogs dripping blood.

The first thing to notice is the attitude. Is he or she wagging their tail and looking around like nothing happened? Breathing hard and staggering? Is there lots of blood?  Screaming in pain? Holding a wobbly leg up that appears broken. Has a wound that looks very deep and ragged or a big skin flap that is easily moved and loose, Has a deep wound that the muscle, tendons, or something very indescribable can be seen. All those signs should  signal a trip to the veterinary ER. Dogs lash out when they are painful, so be real careful when you touch a wound or swollen area. In fact, it may be a good idea to use a gauze muzzle to avoid getting bit.

If the wound doesn’t look too bad and your dog seems OK, then you can take a closer look at it. A little warm water with baby shampoo or dawn detergent will really help you get a good look at the wound so you can figure out the next move. If the wound is small and you are not going to rush to the vet, you can trim the hair a bit. Then you can wash it a bit more. If it looks bad…away you go to the vet.

If it doesn’t look terrible You may decide to give your dog an aspirin(One adult 325 mg per 30 pounds twice daily) and put some antibiotics(neosporin) on it and wait till your vet opens up in the morning. You can try a bandage but most bandages come off or are eaten. Then you have a vomiting and bloody dog. If the wound is open a bit, but you can pinch the skin together easily, you can apply crazy glue on the edges. Don’t put the glue into  the wound, under the skin it can make things worse!

If your dog becomes obsessed with licking the wound, you may need a bandage or a collar to keep them away.Occasional licking helps clean it up and heal, but too much licking may irritate the wound.

Wiping the wound daily with warm soapy water or hydrogen peroxide, and then applying antibiotic ointment will keep the wound clean.

Check out my video. A Cut on a Dog



We eat a variety of foods to stay healthy, but for some reason, most vets and commercial dog companies warn against feeding healthy “human food”. The healthful ingredients in a variety of foods actually ensures that your pet is getting all the antioxidants, omega 3’s, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals it needs to stay healthy. In the Dog Dish Diet, I explain why some dogs need to eat differently to treat or avoid chronic skin, ear, or bowel issues. The book comes with a short download to help you start “canine crocking” . I’ve advised thousands of owners to feed better commercial food, raw food, canned food, or homemade food, and it really makes a big difference!

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5 Responses to What Do You Do if a Dog Gets A Cut?

  1. Dr Greg says:

    I hope that this helps someone help their furry family in need!

  2. Dr Greg says:

    Great work. You certainly have helped the wound heal by keeping it clean and applying herbal creams. I have treated thousands of wounds and rely on antibiotics to prevent and treat infections. I try not to overuse them. I agree that they are over used and abused.

    Warm soapy water and peroxide does help to clean and heal older wounds and abscesses. There are many ways to help the body and I appreciate that.

    In my experience many dogs will lash out and bite if someone inadvertently causes pain. It is a natural response.Thanks for the comments

  3. And this below (your comment)

    “Wiping the wound daily with warm soapy water or hydrogen peroxide, and then applying antibiotic ointment will keep the wound clean.”

    does NOT ring true to me. We do NOT need antibiotics for most of the things they get administered for. There are alternatives!!!! With a bit of research you find them just like I did!!!!!

  4. My dog Shadow (3 year old Dalmatian) cut his soft pad on a 3 hour walk in the woods from back to front about 2 weeks ago and there was blood EVERYWHERE. Unbelievable how much blood there was and how long and DEEP the cut was. He was very good though to let me look at it. I didn’t wash it. I layed him on my settee and bend his leg with my hand under his foot which supported and helped him get to it to lick it. A dogs tongue (saliva) is the best for healing. And even if I or my children and grandchildren have anything bleeding (including my massive scars on both sides of my leg from a fall and following horrible surgery) I let Shadow sort it out. He is better now two weeks later, but still limping and the wound is slow BUT perfectly healing. I went to the chemist, got some gauze, put some ayurvedic cream, a medical plaster, a sandwich bag, a sock and medical tape around it for a week and bought a neoprene sock last week for the next few days until it is healed completely. The gash is still big and I can see how all of the layers heal from inside out. I must say, I’ve done a good job without any other medication. And no, I do not believe that a dog would bite you as he KNOWS that he is loved and that I/we want to help him. Shadow comes to me every day showing me his wounds. He doesn’t like me touching it, but I cuddle him and he gives me his paw to do my check up and do my own personal medical stuff without going to the vet for the not needed chemical medication. A lot of these things we can do ourselves if we just trust our instincts. Thanks for the article!!

  5. all the greatful animals says:

    God Bless You!!! From all the ones who can’t!

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