Since every dog is curious by nature, they, more often than not, suffer from cuts from wires, branches of trees, bites from other dogs and the list can go on and on. Whatever the reason may be, when you have a pet, say a Shih Tzu, you should really be able to accurately assess whether these injuries require you to take him to a vet or treatment at home would suffice. Wounds may be of two types, a deep and a shallow wound. Deep wounds usually involve blood, nerves and muscles. These wounds are extremely painful and when these bloody wounds remain untreated for around more than six hours, it is always advisable not to stitch these up as there might be a possibility that the wounds are highly infected with bacteria which might subsequently lead to pus formation in the skin. On the contrary, shallow wounds do not involve much of bleeding or pain. These wounds usually involve skin breakage and also breakage of the fat tissue which lies underneath the skin and it is only when you apply pressure on the wound, your pooch will feel the pain.
Once you have determined the nature of the pain, the next thing in your to-do list shall be to cleanse your hands with soap and water and start to apply pressure on the wound. If you think that the wound is deep, then needless to say that you should make immediate arrangements to bring your Shih Tzu to the vet. Only make sure that the bleeding has subsided or best stopped because constant bleeding might lead to hypovolemic shock which can be fatal. In case of shallow wound, applying hydrogen peroxide and povidone iodine on the wound with the help of gauze or a clean cotton would suffice. In case the wound is on the scrotum avoid using povidone iodine and apply any antibacterial ointment instead. You are to dub the cotton slowly on the wound without stirring any sort of trauma with your rapid dubbing. Subsequently, if need be, apply an antiseptic ointment. You are to make sure that your dog is unable to lick the applied medication and consume the same as these may poison your pet. In order to avoid these situations, you can wrap the wound with a gauze bandage or even place an e-collar.
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