How To Treat A Cut Or A Wound On Your Pet?

Just like your children, your furry friends especially puppies are more prone to cuts and wounds. Taking care of pooch’s scratches and cuts are quite different from treating the same in humans. It mainly depends on the severity of the wounds. Whenever it happens, in case of minor wounds, you can very well handle it from home. But, you need to know how to provide first aid for such minimal wounds or cuts at home. Identifying the intensity of the wound, you can very well device a proper care or treatment.

For minor wounds, you can always follow the below guidelines and provide the treatment.

Here are a few primary steps to follow when administering the first aid to pets in the circumstance where they have got a cut or a wound.

1. Get down to your dog by kneeling or place him on the table or counter if your dog is small. Have a helping hand, if you want to restrain your pet from touching the wound while first aid procedure.

2. Cover the wound and surrounding area with water-based lubricant. Water-based lubricant makes shaving easier and prevents contamination of the wound.

3. For long hair dogs, clear the surrounding of the cut or wound with electronic clippers for easy access. You can use a disposable razor and it has to be used with extreme caution to avoid any type of cuts on the skin.

4. Using dry cloth or paper towel, wipe away the water-based lubricant.

5. Wash the area with warm water or clean it with Epi-Otic Skin Cleanser for removing any debris or dirt from the wound.

6. Apply antiseptic solution like Wound-Gard that helps in treating cuts and wounds. The solution contains a component – Chlorhexidine, which is highly effective in killing all types of bacteria and yeast, which are responsible for skin infections in dogs and cats.

7. Follow this with an antimicrobial ointment like Dermaclens, which aids in faster healing and prevents any further damage to wound/skin.

8. Restrain your pet from grooming the ointment off its skin for at least 30 minutes. To divert your pet from the wound, you can give him a treat or sit with him caressing or take him for a small walk (only if the injury is not on the leg.) Avoid your pet from playing with other pets until the lotion is fully dried.

9. For faster recovery, two to three times a day, clean the wound to remove debris and apply antiseptic and ointment until the cut or wound is completely healed.

WHEN TO LOOK FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP
If you find that your pet’s wound is not healing and contrarily, it is getting worst, or there is something else, then it is essential to seek veterinary attention in any of the following conditions:

  • Sudden or random bleeding is occurring in the wound and is unable to control
  • If you feel overwhelmed about the situation.
  • Your pet seems painful or distressed for which your vet can provide pain relief.
  • The wound is significantly contaminated.
  • In spite of application of antiseptic cream or ointment, the wound/cut is oozing with pus or yellowish matter.
  • If there is swelling or foul smell coming out of wound.

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Trying to know the difference between Azure and ocean blue can be a daunting task in itself, but the mayhem doesn’t stop there.

You also have to know the type of paint you need for your specific project. The wrong one could spell disaster for your handiwork – and even put your health at risk.

Sounds like pretty scary stuff, right?

Well, not really. You just have to be in the know about the different types of house paint out there – and we’re here to show you the ropes.

The Seven Different Types of House Paint
Who knew there were so many? Keep reading to learn what each type does and how it can benefit your home.

Primer
First off, you need to know that primer isn’t actually paint, but it can make the painting process a lot easier.

Primer is a material that has a makeup similar to indoor house paint, and you apply it as your first coat on your wall before you actually start painting.

Primer can be used when you are working on a wall that’s never been painted before. However, it can also be used when you are painting with a new color that’s much darker (or lighter) than the old one.

Oil and Water Based
Most types of paint will have the option of being either oil based or water based. This simply refers to the content of the paint itself, and each has its pros and cons.

Oil-based paints tend to be resistant to wear and tear, but they take longer to dry and they tend to be more expensive. On the other hand, water-based paints aren’t as strong, but they dry much faster and cost less.

It really just comes down to the job you’re working on and how strong your paint needs to be.

Interior and Exterior
Interior and exterior paints are pretty straightforward: one is for painting inside spaces, and the other is for painting outside areas.

Exterior paints tend to be stronger than interior paints so they can take on the outdoor elements, but that’s really the only difference.

In very rare cases, you may use an interior paint for an outdoor project and vice versa, but for the most part, you should stick with the correct paint for the job.

Enamel
Enamel paint is very similar to oil-based paint. The difference is that enamel is even stronger than oil-based paint.

Enamel is best around areas of extreme traffic and use, like the kitchen cabinet doors or for trim around the windows.

Latex
Like enamel is to oil-based paint, latex is water based paint under another name…except there’s nothing special about it.

There’s no actual latex in the paint; in fact, there’s really nothing at all the distinguishes it from the regular water-based paint.

7 Healthy Foods You’re Overeating (Or Eating All Wrong!)

Sure quinoa, coconut oil and avocado are healthy, and, yes, you should eat them. But having a well-rounded diet means moderation, even when it comes to healthy foods. In fact, it’s silly to embrace only one or two “superfoods” as holy grails and expect that they’ll change your life. “It’s all about having nutrition in your life instead of thinking that one superfood is going to make the difference,” says L.A. nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, who recently launched the book Metabolism Revolution, which explores how to use food to heal the metabolism. “You want food to stimulate the body, not flood the body.”
Here are some of the foods we’ve all become obsessed with and how you can add more diversity into your diet (while also making the most of the foods you’re already eating).

Avocado

A portion of avocado is much smaller than you’d think: Only 1/4 to 1/2 of an avocado. That means cool it on all the avocado toast and guacamole! Pomroy recommends mixing avocado with digestive aids such as cilantro or red onion to allow you to eat a little more. However, to ensure that your diet has a diverse range of fats and you aren’t eating way too much throughout the week, Pomroy suggests eating avocado for only one meal per day, then eating raw nuts and seeds at another meal and a healthy oil or dressing at your remaining meal.

Quinoa

“Quinoa is a great complex carbohydrate with high protein content,” says Pomroy, plus it’s packed with fibre and iron. But that doesn’t mean you should eat it every single day when sweet potatoes, sprouted wild rice, beans, lentils and oatmeal are also complex carbs with excellent nutritional value. Quinoa can also pose a problem for some people because it can be difficult to digest. Pomroy suggests blending spices such as turmeric, curcumin and dill with quinoa, and adding colourful bell peppers, red onion and parsley, which all act as digestive aids to help the body break down protein more efficiently.

Nuts

Raw, unsalted nuts are good for you. They’re packed with protein, and most varieties contain fibre and unsaturated fats (both of which work to lower cholesterol), plus other heart-healthy ingredients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and l-arginine. The downside? They’re high in calories, so you could gain weight if you’re eating multiple fistfuls each day. Pomroy recommends sticking to 1/4 to 1/2 cup per serving and rotating between pistachios, pecans, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Also, “soak your nuts in water overnight,” she says. “It helps to activate the enzymes in the nuts so your body can break down the fats more efficiently. Sometimes you can double the amount you can consume if they’re soaked.”

Juices and Smoothies

Like most nutritionists, Pomroy is a huge fan of smoothies but doesn’t like juices because they eliminate a lot of fibre (a component of fruit that “helps stretch the rate of sugar delivery”) and micronutrients through the juice extraction process. If you’re running a marathon and that “natural fruit sugar burst is a benefit,” then drink it, she says. Otherwise, blend whole fruits and vegetables into a smoothie and drink immediately because the trauma of blending releases enzymes from the fruit that make the nutrients more available to the body. When it comes to choosing fruit, Pomroy loves mango and pineapple and says that stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, cherries and plums are good for the metabolism.

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