If you’re a victim of open wounds, bandaging or applying bandages to your open wounds can be very helpful. However, band-aids and gauze aren’t the best way to heal yourself. When you have an open wound, the natural order of events is that bacteria, blood, and fluid travel through the open wound to the tissue where they begin to multiply. Bacteria love moist environments, so it’s the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and multiply rapidly.
Types of Wound:
The type of wound you have, your lifestyle, and your pet’s lifestyle are all factors affecting wound healing. You need to take good care of yourself in order to ensure wound healing is rapid and effective. For example, if you play sports or you work outdoors, you need to keep your body in good condition. By staying active, eating the right foods, and keeping fit, your body will be ready to heal. This will also help your veterinary surgeon see you quickly when you come in for a visit so that you can get back to your normal self sooner than later.
While band-aids can help control bacterial growth, the actual wound healing process can be slowed down by the presence of bacteria and other germs in your wounds. Animals are not prone to developing infections, so wound management tips such as cleaning your animals frequently using disinfectants can help stop the spread of bacteria. The most common disinfectant used for pets is chlorine dioxide, which is non-toxic and effective in killing bacteria and germs. Even if your pet has a bacterial infection, your veterinary surgeon can use disinfectants to kill the germs before they multiply.
Wound Management Tips:
There are a number of types of Wound Management Tips for pets ranging from using antibiotics and antifungal medications to using hydrocolloid wound dressings and hyaluronic acid collagen injections. Hyaluronic acid collagen is used in wound care to prevent infection and speed up the healing process. The type of wound dressings you use depends on your animal’s specific needs, but the goal is to provide a healthy, elastic surface that won’t cause additional trauma or cause your animal to be more uncomfortable than necessary.
As far as antibiotics go, there are only two antibiotics recommended: Erythromycin and Metronidazole. In small doses, these may be effective at stopping bacterial infections but in larger amounts, they can cause your pet to become weaker.
There are a number of Wound Management Tips for dogs including ensuring that they get plenty of exercises every day, grooming them regularly to remove loose skin and dirt, and limiting wet conditions, such as bathing them in warm water. Keeping your dog well hydrated is important too because dehydration can cause ulcers in the soft tissues of the body.
Dogs that are allowed to swim often develop swimmer’s elbow which results from excessive exposure to water. Wet skin and sores will make it easier for bacteria to infect the area so keep your dog off of wet areas. To prevent the formation of calluses and corns on the feet, clean and dry them on a regular basis with warm water. If you notice an odor associated with wet feet consult your veterinarian for further information.
Rumor has it that the Mayan warriors would wrap their wounded warriors in banana leaves to protect them. This may have been the first dressing used, but they quickly discovered that this was not adequate for their needs. Today, wound dressing has evolved into a wide variety of materials and textures. The goal is to find the right fit, size, and function so that your animals get the best possible care. By following Wound Management Tips like the ones above, you will help ensure your animals heal quickly and fully.