How to Treat Minor Scrapes on Dogs

Minor scrapes on your dog can be easily treated without a visit to the vet.
Minor scrapes on your dog can be easily treated without a visit to the vet. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Dogs are active and often rambunctious animals that love to play outside and with other dogs. As a result, they can easily hurt themselves by rough housing with other dogs, and get minor scrapes and cuts from exploring. Treating your dog for a minor scrape or cut is easy as long as the cut is at least 1 inch long and isn’t considered a puncture wound. Puncture wounds can be deep and will need to be treated by a veterinarian.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog clippers
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Topical antibacterial cream
  • Dry rag

Using animal clippers, clip the fur around the wound. Make sure that no falling hair gets into the wound.

Mix 1 tsp. of salt and 2 cups of warm water. Pour the mixture over the scrape to clean it. Pat the wound gently with a towel to dry it.

Apply an antibiotic topical cream according to the directions on the box several times a day.

If your dog bites or constantly licks the wound, use an e-collar to stop them from doing so. This will allow the wound to heal quicker.

Wounds that become red, swollen, or drain fluid that isn't clear, or has an odor should be seen by a veterinarian.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seek veterinarian help if your dog is bitten by another animal. Other animals can carry rabies and other diseases and should not be cleaned at home.

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