Linda

hey my dog needs stitches i think but i cant get to the vet till tommarow.!!! what should i clean it with?

its kinda on her hip. but we cant go to petco or any thing cuase we currently live in costa rica. the dog on this pic is the one.


Asked by Linda on Nov 13th 2008 Tagged stitches in Puppies
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I am assuming your dog is not bleeding too much, because if she is you should find an emergency vet or someone who can do stitches (even a friend who is a human doctor might be able to help).

If you know the wound will be ok overnight, then clean the area with clean water and rubbing alcohol. Dress it with sterile gauze and tape it down. Try to wrap it securely with a tensor band or even some extra tape to keep a bit of pressure on the wound. It can be quite tight, but make sure you can feel a pulse "below" the dressing (with reference to the heart).

Give your dog some children's tylenol for the pain and try to make sure she does not run around too much, then get her to a vet ASAP to prevent infection!


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Abby

OMG - PLEASE don't listen to the horrible advice Tesla gave you! Children's Tylenol is TOXIC!

First, what caused the injury? How deep is it? How heavy was the bleeding?

Controlling the bleeding is the first task. If the injury is bleeding a lot, use a sanitary napkin (woman's panty liner) and place it over the wound, putting a bit of pressure on it. Bleeding should stop in a few minutes.

Keep it clean until you can go to a vet. Sponge off discharge and crust around the wound edges a when needed, using a sponge and warm water. Don't put anything INTO the wound, especially if it's deep, and especially not rubbing alcohol!

Keep your dog from licking the injury. You can keep it covered by making your dog wear a T-shirt backwards (with her hind legs through the arm holes and her tail through the neck of the shirt).

See a vet as soon as you can. :)


Abby answered on 11/13/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Ace

Never give a dog tylenol!! That is very very dangerous for dogs. Apply pressure to the area she is bleeding from. Pour proxide on the wound to clean it, I was told by a vet its okay to use this, just make sure you cover it afterwards so she cant lick or chew on it. Try to find an emergency vet, or ask a petstore clerk what you can do for her until tomorrow. Just remember no tylenol!


Ace answered on 11/20/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Starbutt

This depends on how bad the laceration is and how deep it is. First clean the area I clean most wound with warm salt water salt stops infection. If you have a earigator and the wound is deep you can put the salt water in the earigator and push it is gently to remove anything,. once you have did this clean the outside of it, then if you need to close the wound there is this stuff liquid skin I think it is called or it is some kind of stuff you put over the cut, this acts to keep it together and help healing if the wound is really deep this would help keep it together till you can get it to a vet. if it is not that deep you can put hot compresses on the wound and then put vasiline over it till you need to clean it again. vasiline make it so the dirt don't get in as much. You should clean it 3 times a day. But if you think it needs stitches, go to a vet. NEVER GIVE IT PEOPLE DRUGS UNLESS A VET TELLS YOU, not even if you get information here.


Starbutt answered on 11/21/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer