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Old 12-24-2009, 09:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Murphy strikes again! Just found an open wound on Gryff's side - something I would take him to the vet to get checked out, but it is Christmas eve!!! He is not in pain, I cleaned out the dried blood, trimmed away the hair. About the size of a quarter, 1/8 inch deep? Wound is not bleeding - looks pink and moist.

Does not look infected, does not seem to bother him - how best to clean it? Alcohol or Tea Tree oil would sting like crazy! I have 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, can I just poor some of that in there? Won't it damage the healthy tissue?

He either got bit when rough-housing with Keeta, or snagged on something bombing around outside . . . At least, he is good about handling and hands-on care.

Thanks for taking time out of your holiday to give some advice!
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When I have wounds like that I usually dilute a little Betadine on a cotton ball, swab it and then put some neosporin and call it good.
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If you have some sea salt (not iodized table salt though...) in the house you can make some saline solution to irrigate it with and then put some Betadine and/or Neosporin on it after drying. If you make the saline solution it is a pinch of salt per 1 cup of warm water.
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Hydrogen Peroxide can be used - ONCE. It does cause mild damage to the tissues but it is a good cleaner and will help stop bleeding.

Once cleaned I would just leave it along unless your dog likes to roll in really ucky stuff.
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Yeah, I would make up some saline. Hydrogen P can be used but it is not the friendliest to tissue. No alcohol!

Don't these guys know it is the time to be of good cheer?! I was glad to hear my vet was taking Christmas call....knock on wood!!
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You can just irrigate with boiled, cooled water (not cold) - salt stings ALOT as does peroxide & alcohol - then saturate with an antibiotic <u>cream</u> (NOT ointment as this also stings, note, some individuals are more sensitive than others to the sting effect of antibiotics & ointments).
If you can keep it clean & him off of it, it should heal quickly - I wouldn't call my vet in at Christmas for a minor wound ...
(got any friends with horses? they often have a well stocked medical chest)

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Thanks all! I cleaned it out with Hyd. Peroxide - I like the saline solution for more cleaning, if need be. Looks like Gryff got a pretty high pain threshold - didn't seem worried about me cleaning it out. Does try to lick it a bit -

Not serious enough for an emergency vet visit, but I would still have liked to have it looked at - but I'll wait and see how he does.

I just checked some of my first-aid supplies - antibiotic cream expired in 2005!!!! Oups!! This is a good wake-up call to update my supplies. Appreciate all of you for taking time out to help.
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If you mix the tea tree oil with vaseline you could put that on after you clean it. I think it's 1 teaspoon TTO to 4 Tablespoons vaseline.
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my vet says that most stuff does NOT expire by the expirtaion date, that is an FDA thing. Some meds, OTC's loose some of their potency but can still be used.
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Originally Posted By: Jax08If you mix the tea tree oil with vaseline you could put that on after you clean it. I think it's 1 teaspoon TTO to 4 Tablespoons vaseline.
That's cool, but wouldn't it still sting? I have Tea Tree oil ointment, but it stings when I use it for myself.

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Originally Posted By: MajicForestShepsmy vet says that most stuff does NOT expire by the expirtaion date, that is an FDA thing. Some meds, OTC's loose some of their potency but can still be used.
So would an antibacterial ointment that expired in 2005 still be good? (as you can see, I've been using the Tee Tree oil stuff )
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