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Our 13 YO whippet has torn the skin on the top of his head late last night. It could use a few staples. However, we have over 2 feet of snow and roads are not yet passable. I called the evet, who recommended warm water blotting. It is not bleeding, but did ooze/drain for quite a while. He is not real comfortable. He is eating and eliminating fine. I am keeping him quiet and away from the others until we can get out. If I can, I would rather try to wait until tomorrow to go to our regular vet. He has a lot of issues and the evet causes him a tremendous amount of stress. Is there anything that I can do to help keep him comfortable or take the edge off? I do not have any prescription medicines here, other than Flagyl and his prozac. I do realize that he will need antibiotics, too. Thanks.

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You can clean the wound, put some antibacterial ointment on it, and wrap if you can. A LARGE bandaid, might work too.

FYI, again, being snowed in this might be a problem, but there ARE antibacterial ointments with pain killer in them (lidocaine or something in that family). Being on the top of the head, he couldn't lick it easily.

 

You COULD give 1/2 81 mg low dose aspirin, for pain, but if there is still bleeding, I'd be cautious, as aspirin thins the blood. If you decide to give the aspirin, and if you have any, I'd give with a 10 mg Pepcid AC.

 

You can do the above, IF you can get the supplies. Maybe you have a drug store closeby? Anyway, I hope he feels better soon. If you DO go out, PLEASE be careful!

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Thanks for the suggestion! It is pretty well coagulated at this point, but I can wait a little while longer to make sure. I have the supplies, but it is tender to the touch, so I was hesitant to actually do much to the wound itself and just wanted to take the edge off. I will let you know how it goes! The last time I had a dog get an injury, it was also snowing. Just my luck!

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Cindy with Miss Fancypants, Paris Bueller, Zeke, and Angus 
Dante (Dg's Boyd), Zoe (In a While), Brady (Devilish Effect), Goose (BG Shotgun), Maverick (BG ShoMe), Maggie (All Trades Jax), Sherman (LNB Herman Bad) and Indy (BYB whippet) forever in my heart
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Some of the triple antibiotic ointments I have on hand have a very mild pain relief component. Check your tubes! That's all I'd do. It's a cut. As long as it's not bleeding anymore, I'm sure he'll be just fine!


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