The most common canine cut is from a scratch or scrape that produces light bleeding but does not require stitches. Clean the area with mild soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin®, and cover it with a sterile gauze pad to help promote healing. Your dog should not lick the affected area.
Dog Paw Cuts and Scrapes: How to Treat a Paw Injury
If it is a bite wound, squirt disinfectant into the puncture hole to flush out bacteria and contact your veterinarian for advice as bite wounds are more likely to develop secondary infections. After the wound is cleaned and disinfected, apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment to the surface of the wound.
If your pet has a deep cut, is bleeding heavily or if you're unable to stop the bleeding after 20 minutes of applying direct pressure with gauze pads and elevation, then call your vet for advice. You may need stitches and further treatment including antibiotics.
Use povidone iodine or betadine to clean the area by gently wiping the cut. You can then put a little dab of antibiotic ointment over the wound, but keep it thin because your pooch is sure to lick it off in no time. Be prepared to reapply the ointment throughout the day to keep things in tip-top shape.
Initially, the oral cavity can be rinsed with an oral antiseptic solution and the wound should be explored to determine the extent and depth of the laceration. Any traumatized or devitalized tissue must be debrided. Warm saline can then be used to flush the wound, rinsing away any debris.
Cleanse the wound with warm water or saline solution. You can either flush the wound (being careful to avoid the eye) or wipe the cut with a moistened gauze pad. Pat dry. Apply a thin film of a triple antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin) twice daily.
Clean the wound with cool water, diluted saline solution, or an Epsom salt soak. Apply an antibacterial ointment to paw wounds. Bandage wounded paws with gauze or a wrap and cover with a bootie for protection.
Clean The Cut Add a small squirt of liquid hand soap or dish soap to your dog's paw while rinsing to help kill bacteria. Another good way to clean a cut on your dog's pad is to rinse the wound is with an antiseptic such as diluted chlorhexidine solution.
Trimming Your Dog's Nails
Dog grooming prices for nail trims can vary based on the the size and temperament of your dog, where the nail trimming takes place, and whether you bundle the trim with other grooming services. The average cost to get your dog's nails trimmed usually ranges from approximately $10 to $25.
Hold the skewer at the base of the hot dog and press the edge of your knife toward the skewer on the hot dog at an angle between 10 and 45 degrees. Use your thumb and forefinger to rotate the skewer counterclockwise while cutting. As you do this, the knife will spiral around the skewer, making a spiral hot dog.
Using your preferred clippers, trim a very small bit of nail at a time. Cut at a slight angle across the tip of the nail, following its natural shape. After each cut, look at the freshly-cut tip of the nail to look for the little black dot that tells you when to stop.
The appropriate depth adjustment can range from 0.5” to 3.5” for most machines. The maximum typical cutting blade diameter for an edger is commonly 9”, which produces a standard edge cut of about 3” when set to the lowest depth.