Not all injuries to your pet will require veterinary advice and it will be up to you to determine this. Always , if in doubt seek veterinary advice.
As a guide we recommend veterinary treatment:-
WOUND MANAGEMENT - Types of Wounds
E.g. gravel rash in humans. In dogs and cats abrasions aren't as common due to the protection of their hair coat and occur most frequently when the animal is hit by a car etc. The animal may be dragged or thrown along the road. A trip to the veterinarian is therefore recommended as there may be internal injuries. Minor abrasions may be treated as follows.
Salty water is made by adding 1 teaspoon of table salt to 1 pint or 2 cups of water. Boiled water is recommended. Saline used for cleaning contact lens or the Intravenous fluid Sodium Chloride are basically the same thing as salty water but are usually sterile and are excellent for wound cleaning.
Open wounds - I.E. cuts
Penetrating wounds - animal bites
Penetrating wounds - due to a foreign object
The Bandage - materials and how to apply it
Obviously there are two types of bandages, the one thrown together with what you have and one you might apply later once you have purchased materials. Since the most common injury is to the paw or the leg, the following describes application of a bandage under these circumstances to a limb.
The Emergency Bandage
The Non-Emergency Bandage
This condition is far more common in cats than dogs (though it is still common in dogs) and is due to fighting between cats and the resulting bites, or scratches.
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS
Both cats and dogs tend to end up with fishhooks in them if fishing tackle is left within reach. Mostly the hooks end up in the nose, lips or mouth as your pet investigates the rich smells. Both cats and dogs resent the pain associated with the hook's removal and you may choose to leave removal to your veterinarian.
Sometimes your pet will swallow a hook. A hook without line is normally passed, though it is a good idea to give a high fibre diet and keep a close eye on your pet until you are sure it has been passed in the faeces. You should see your veterinarian if you are concerned or your pet shows any sign of illness.
However if your pet has swallowed a hook and line this is extremely serious. If the line is in your pet's mouth do not attempt to remove it. Do not allow your pet to swallow what you have of the line (tie it to your pet's collar if necessary) and seek immediate veterinary attention.
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