Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
Most people over treat minor wounds and they actually take longer to heal. For minor wounds,
1) Clean the wound with soap and water, betadine, or chlorhexidine.
2) Put some antibiotic cream or SWAT if flies are a problem. The clear (not original) kind of SWAT can go directly on wounds. Check the label.
3) Do not cover it and leave it be. Keep an eye on it, but unless it looks like it is getting infected or getting proud flesh, resist the urge to mess with it. If you continue to scrub it, it will take longer to heal. The old saying is use "benign neglect."
Do make sure tetanus is up to date, and do call your vet if you are at all concerned.
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