Why do dogs lick their own cuts

Major cuts and tears - first aid for the dog

If Stitched cuts or tears can only be vet decide, as it is often not possible to see at first glance whether deeper tissue parts have been severed.

At Cuts have the Edges of the wound most of time smoothness Edges, at Crack injuries these are mostly frayed. In order for the veterinarian to be able to provide good surgical care, such wounds must under no circumstances be pretreated with disinfectants or wound ointments and sprays. It is important to see the veterinarian with the dog as soon as possible, since, for example, if a tendon is severed, it only has an optimal chance of healing within 4 - 6 hours after the accident.

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Usually cuts tend to occur heavy bleeding. It is advisable to apply a pressure bandage for these. If the cut is in places where only poorly or no pressure bandage can be applied, you need one Auxiliary personthat on the Transport to the vet presses on the wound (after sterile covering).

If the bleeding is so severe that a pressure bandage is insufficient, or if there is no bandage material, cuts on the limbs or tail can be tied off. A tourniquet may only be put on parts of the body that are well padded with muscles. No way she may about tendons where serious damage can be done.

It is tied a few centimeters above the wound towards the heart and should only be tightened until the bleeding stops. Immediate transport to the vet is required. If the transport there takes longer, the tourniquet must be loosened every 15 minutes for 1 - 2 minutes so that the tied parts of the body receive the necessary blood supply again and again.


  • Again, prevent scratching and licking.
  • Cover heavily bleeding wounds with a sterile compress.
  • Apply a pressure bandage or have an assistant press on the wound.
  • If a pressure bandage is not possible, tie it off (facing upwards) and loosen it every 15 minutes for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Fastest possible transport to the vet.

Author: Melanie Weber-Tilse

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