When you’re a dog owner, the last thing you want is to see your beloved pet has been injured. Seeing your best friend suffering or in pain due to an unexpected injury can be downright heartbreaking. But having a good plan of action and a supportive veterinarian care team can be key to minimizing the damage and helping your furry pal enjoy a speedy recovery.
At Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina, our veterinary services include providing compassionate pet emergency care for injured family pets. We’ve put together this guide to help you care for an injured dog. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Address Injuries Promptly
It’s important not to postpone care. If your pet is limping or seems injured, be sure to get her help right away. When wounds are overlooked, an infection can set in quickly and spread much more rapidly than you may realize. Proper wound cleaning and antibiotics are often necessary for more serious injuries.
2. Determine if Veterinarian Care is Needed
It’s always better to err on the side of caution when determining if your pet needs to see a vet. Assess the severity of your pet’s injuries right away to determine if you should have her in to get checked out by a veterinary care team. If you’re unsure if your pet needs veterinary attention, it’s better to stay on the safe side and bring her in.
3. Tend to Minor Wounds at Home
If an injury seems minor and you feel capable, it may be possible to clean the wound yourself. Only do so if you believe you can without causing further injury to your pet or yourself. It’s also a good idea to have assistance restraining your pet to help minimize the risk of reinjury.
Wash any visible debris from the wound site using warm water and gently pat the region dry with a clean strip of fabric. Clean the area with an antiseptic and allow it to dry. Be sure to clean the area regularly and keep an eye on the injury to make sure it’s healing properly.
Call Our Pet Emergency Team in Edina
With pets running around outside more in the summertime, it’s important to keep an extra eye on your family pet. Keep up with your pet’s vaccines through regular veterinary checks and remember that spaying and neutering your pet can help reduce their chance of injury.
It’s also a good idea to keep the number for Normandale Vet Hospital on hand in case your pet requires emergency veterinarian care. To make an appointment for your dog, give us a call at 952-831-8272 or visit our contact page to connect with a member of our team.