Pet CPR + First Aid Certification Manual: Wounds

Pet First Aid: Wounds
Cleaning Wounds

Many breeds of dogs and cats have longer fur which may preclude you from viewing a wound. If you are having a hard time seeing the wound, cut the fur away with scissors. If the wound is on your pet's foot pad or is a minor wound, wash it with saline or soapy water.

Types of Wounds

Bites (Punctures):  Take immediately to the veterinarian. The risk of infection and possibility of further internal damage is high. If bleeding is severe, apply direct pressure with gauze en route.

Cuts (Lacerations):  Flush the area with warm water and apply direct pressure with gauze. Take your pet to the veterinarian.

Scratches & Scrapes (Abrasions):  Remove hair around the wound, flush with warm water and apply pressure with gauze if bleeding persists. Take your pet to the veterinarian.

Skin Tears (Avulsions):  Flush the area with warm water and apply pressure with gauze if bleeding persists. Take your pet to the veterinarian.

First Aid Steps:

1. Ensure scene safety

2. Get PPE and first aid kit

3. Depending on the wound type, follow the directions above

4. Take your pet to the veterinarian