If you have a pet cat and you think he went through a fight with another pet, or he must be playing with another animal that must brought him scratches that could cause cat wound. You should check your cat for any open wound because if you happen to ignore this, it will be infected and will cause pain and trauma on your cat.
Infected wounds have signs and symptoms, you will easily determine if a wound has been infected if it has a lump and has foul odor. This means you need to apply first aid on your cat if you can’t take him to a vet right away. There are ways to clean your cat’s wound especially if you are at home and you have first aid kit. You should always be ready for it so that your pet will not suffer. Dog and cat’s wound needs to be cleaned right away to avoid infection; here are some helpful ways you can apply:
1. You need to cut or clipper the hair around the wound for easy cleaning. If it’s covered with hair, you will have a hard time cleaning and applying medicine on it. Hair can also cause infection if not properly cleaned. Clipper is one of the best tools you can use in cutting your pet’s hair, you will not be able to add trauma to your pet if you use it unlike if you use scissors. Pets are always moving and scissors can cause more damage if you are not careful in using it. It is best to use clipper for a safer hair removal.
2. You can use warm water with iodine mixture to clean any unwanted dirt and substance that can contribute to the infection of the wound. Afterwards, you can use clean gauze to cover the wound.
3. Before you cover it with gauze you can put some antibiotics to block any infection causing agents. You need to continuously clean their hair everyday to avoid infection. This will also aid in quick healing especially if the wound is deep.
There are some important things you should know when cleaning your pet’s wounds. These things are important to avoid contamination and infection. Here are some precaution tips:
• Before you start, you need to wear latex gloves first. You not just protect your hands from your pet’s wound but you also avoid infection on his part. This is important so that you will not get any bacteria especially if your pet’s wound has unwanted discharges. You should also wash your hands after cleaning his wound.
• Minor wounds can be taken care at home but if you think the wound is serious, you should bring your pet along to a veterinarian for proper care. There are various types of wounds and some of these types need stitches and other ambulatory care which you cannot give. Medical treatment should be conducted in this case.