On today's episode of Twin Trees Vet Talk, we welcome our very special guest, Dr. Mike King. Dr. King is a Veterinary Surgery Specialist at Canada West Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, BC (Canada).
Dr. King helps us answer a question from a pet owner who asks: "My Dog Cut His Paw- How do I clean the wound"
We discuss how to best clean a wound, some of the myths about common antiseptics like hydrogen peroxide, important considerations when addressing an injury to a dog or cat's paw, and why cuts on the pad can take longer to heal. We hope you enjoy this episode! Please leave your questions and comments below!
00:24 Intro + Q) my dog cut its paw
01:11 cuts to the paw pad
02:00 important structures (ligaments, tendons) in the paw
03:00 how to clean the wound (tap water vs hydrogen peroxide vs alcohol vs betadine (iodine) diluted to colour of iced tea)
- 3.4 Basic Wound Care︱Pet First Aid Course:
- 3.2 How to Control Bleeding︱Pet First Aid Course
- Black lab puppy gets stitches for a dog bite laceration: | Cute Patients From The Twin Trees Vet ER:
- 1.3 OTHER ANIMALS (7 Dangers to Avoid) ︱Pet First Aid Course:
- Impaled By A Stick While Doing Zoomies | Cute Patients From The Twin Trees Vet ER:
- Cute Dog Stepped on a Nail: | Cute Patients From The Twin Trees Vet ER:
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control: Hotline: (888) 426-4435
- Preventive Health in Puppies
- Meet "Oliver"
- Medical Insurance Can Save Lives
- 3 Tips From The Emergency Vet That Could Save Your Pet's Life
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3 BEST PIECES OF ADVICE FROM THE EMERGENCY VET THAT COULD SAVE YOUR PET'S LIFE
1) DON'T WAIT TOO LONG TO GET HELP! If you wait too long, it could be too late. This is especially true for concerns such as laboured breathing, pale gums and weakness. You know your pet best, so if you are worried or concerned, "when in doubt, check it out!"
2) PREVENT THE PREVENTABLE. Learn as much as possible about dangers that face your pet, such as household poisons, seemingly harmless objects (like toys, clothing, garbage and rocks), other animals, and vehicles. Pets are like toddlers and they need a responsible adult/babysitter to protect them from danger. Puppies and kittens need to start their vaccines at ~8 WEEKS (and they need boosters too!) to protect them from deadly diseases.
3) BE PREPARED FOR THE WORST CASE SCENARIO. Have a plan in place, know your nearest emergency clinic, have the ASPCA phone number on speed dial. Know basic first aid training and CPR. But MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE FINANCIALLY PREPARED. The cost of medical treatment in an emergency, and the owners' ability to pay for it, is probably the most important factor that determines whether a pet will receive the medical care it needs. The best way to protect yourself is to have good medical insurance for your pet. Do your research.
**REMEMBER**: WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM, with the best interest of the patient as everyone's first priority. Let your vet do what he/she does best, and don't try to grab the steering wheel and obstruct your vet from doing his/her job. We are all in the same car, we are all headed to the same place, but only one of us has the driver's license (meaning, only the vet has the medical training and background to "drive the car").
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