Pups and older pooches get scratches and bites from time to time. Some of the less serious abrasions and insect bites you can treat at home. If your pooch has a cut that is larger than two inches, you should take him to a vet for treatment. When you have cleaned a wound, you need to use an antiseptic to prevent infection. If you have concerns about using the standard first-aid antiseptics, you can choose a herbal formula.
Betadine is an antiseptic and antibacterial solution that is suitable for people and pets. It isn't appropriate for treating a skin or eye infection. When applying it to a small wound, wash the blood off with sterile water and wipes before applying the Betadine using a cotton swab or ball.
If you're concerned about using a chemical antiseptic, choose a herbal solution. Wash the wound with a solution containing goldenseal and apply aloe vera gel or calendula flower ointment. These have a natural antiseptic action. Herbal antiseptics for pets that combine these ingredients in spray or solution forms are available from a number of companies.
Don't use calendula on a pregnant dog as it could cause miscarriage. Don't use it on a cat, either, as it is toxic for felines.
Based in London, Eleanor McKenzie has been writing lifestyle-related books and articles since 1998. Her articles have appeared in the "Palm Beach Times" and she is the author of numerous books published by Hamlyn U.K., including "Healing Reiki" and "Pilates System." She holds a Master of Arts in informational studies from London University.