Mishaps happen. So as a pet parent, knowing how to clean and treat your dog’s minor scrapes or cuts at home can be very obliging. You should also be able to acknowledge when veterinary attention is needed.
This guide will help you determine what natural ingredients you should keep at home on your kitchen shelves, and how to handle minor wounds. Read along to find out some beneficial tips !
1). Herbal tea rinse:
Any wound can be cleaned and invigorated to restore with a strongly brewed herbal tea, which can be applied as a spray, rinse, wash, or compress. Herbal tea rinses are known to relieve your pooches from the irritation caused by cuts and wounds. They have the ability to soothe and control the inflammation to prevent worsening of the condition.
All you need to do is, brew an herbal tea for wound cleansing or treatment, use 2 teaspoons of dried lavender, chamomile or calendula tea leaves or 2 tablespoons of any fresh herb per cup of boiling water. Cover and let the tea steep until cool. Strain, refrigerate, and apply or spray as needed, up to several times per day.
2). Vinegar water rinse:
Apple cider vinegar has long been used for first aid due to its cooling properties. It is used to treat small topical problems like cuts, wounds, dull fur, skin infections, calluses, and itchy areas, vinegar soothes skin, enhances the coat and helps keep fleas and ticks at bay. Be careful, if the wound is at all open or raw, apple cider vinegar will sting!
For an old-fashioned effective skin tonic, try this simple blend of herbs in 1 part of vinegar to 3 parts water. Seal tightly and leave the jar in a warm place, in or out of the sun, for a month or longer.Strain, transfer to spray bottles, and keep in a cool, dark place. Shake well before using. For dogs with white or very light coats, substitute plain white vinegar.
3). Unrefined sea salt:
Mineral-rich unrefined sea salt can be added to any tea that will be used to treat wounds. To make an effective spray for any cut, or wound, combine 4 cups of any herbal tea with ¾ cup aloevera juice or gel and ½ cup unrefined sea salt. Even plain salt water is a wound-healing treatment. Apply a solution of 2 tablespoons unrefined sea salt in ½ cup water, the sore is sure to get better with time.
4). Coconut oil:
Coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids fight detrimental bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and parasites, making it a perfect balm or dressing for cuts and wounds of all types. But there is a down side – most dogs enjoy the flavour and will quickly lick it off. If the wound is not within your dog’s reach, keeping it moist with coconut oil is an excellent idea.
5). Topicure Pet:
This is another effective, natural and a safe topical spray readily made by Pet Natural Remedies. It’s a lick safe product for your dogs that can be applied as first aid for any kind of cuts and open wounds anywhere on your pooches body. This product can show visible results in just 3 days with consistent application.
When it comes to natural wound care, there are some basics that can help wounds heal faster, without the use of antibiotics or chemical-based topical treatments that can do some long term damage to your dog’s health. Do try these natural remedies and let us know if they were effective.