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Dog Wound Care—Antiseptic Sprays, Balms and Styptic Powder

Wounds can happen as the result of play or exercise, or they could just be part of a skin condition your dog has. And knowing how to deal with emergencies is an important part of having a pet. Antibiotic ointment for dogs can help keep cuts, scrapes and lesions clean and help speed up recovery time, so your canine friend can be up on their feet and back in action.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dog wound care will vary based on the wound’s cause, location and severity, but some appropriate first steps in caring for your wounded pup are:

  • Talk to your veterinarian to decide whether your dog needs professional care.
  • Clean the wound and its surrounding area gently with warm water to remove any dirt or dried blood. Doing so may help prevent infection and can promote the development of new tissue.
  • Apply antibiotics or prescribed medicine as directed. Continue using antibiotics until instructed to stop by your vet.
  • Prevent your dog from licking or chewing the wound. You might need to use a protective recovery cone or collar to keep your dog away from the healing wound.

Antibiotic ointments for dogs—containing bacitracin, polymyxin B and neomycin—may be an appropriate solution for cuts. However, your dog may have unique sensitivities, so it is best to consult your veterinarian beforehand.

Styptic powder is an antiseptic that helps promote blood clotting by contracting blood vessels. It is most commonly used for cuts on a dog’s paw. If you and your vet decide this is an appropriate solution, apply by dipping your dog’s paw in the powder and continuing to hold your dog for at least 15-seconds while the powder sets in.