Common Conditions in Pets

We love our four-legged friends. They give us joy, unconditional love, and trust. But have you ever taken a moment to think just how much they depend on us for their health and well-being?

They count on us for warmth, shelter, food, water, exercise, and care when they need it. They can’t just go out for a walk when they feel like it or cook something up on the stove when they’re hungry.

So, when it comes to getting ahead of treatment for common conditions, the first and most important thing to do is have regular check-ups with your veterinarian. But when minor injuries do occur there are several things we can do at home to provide immediate relief and treatment.

Dangers can lurk on every sidewalk or in any backyard. It’s unfortunate but dogs can, and often do, pick up cuts, scratches, and thorns in their paws and pads. On beaches and sidewalks, you have to watch out for extreme temperatures.

It is important to treat any minor injury as soon as possible to prevent infection. Inspect the paw, wash and gently clean it and remove debris carefully. Apply an antiseptic and a non-stick sterile pad, secure in place with a light bandage and then apply a layer of wrap around the area extending up the leg. It is important not to apply the wrap too tightly but just enough to keep everything securely in place. You should be able to fit 2 fingers snugly under the wrap. As you wrap keep checking that the pressure is even. Regularly replace the wrap and check the healing process.

Strains and pulled muscles are more common than you may think, in the excitement of play or running and jumping around, larger dogs particularly can be vulnerable to muscle tears. If you think that your pet is experiencing extreme discomfort, you should check with your vet and get pain relief medication. Acute injuries flare up quickly and the first thing to do is to treat the area with a cold pack, using wrap to keep it in place for intermittent periods will help reduce inflammation. For more chronic ongoing conditions, gently wrapping the area with tape can offer support, encourage circulation and gentle pressure can aid the healing. Remember to try to keep the pressure even and use the 2 finger rule to make sure it’s not too tight.

Finally, let us look at those poor pets that are liable to extreme anxiety caused by fear of the vet, thunderstorms, fireworks, stress through separation, travel issues and more. We can help by using compression wrapping to apply pressure to acupressure points and help promote a sense of calm and warmth.

Using a wrap is easy and quick to do. Take a 3-foot length of compression wrap and place it across the front of the chest, bring both sides of the bandage toward the top of your dog’s shoulders and cross them. Bring both bandages under your dog’s chest and cross again bringing both ends up and tie on top avoiding the spinal area. Keep an eye on your friend and don’t leave the wrap on for prolonged lengths of time.

There is a lot of information out there on wrapping for health but please remember to always consult a veterinary professional!