When your canine companion is injured, you naturally want to do everything you can to stop the bleeding and reduce the chances of infection or further injury.
When a person is injured, it’s relatively easy to take care of their wound; by contrast, dogs don’t understand why people want to cover their wounds, and they will often chew standard bandages or simply refuse to have them on.
That’s why many people have turned towards alternative solutions to ensure that their pets are properly treated. However, the question arises : can you use liquid bandages on dogs?
As a general rule of thumb: yes, liquid bandages can be used on dogs. There are some considerations that need to be taken into account, including the type and severity of the wound, as well as the type of product being used.
Let’s take a closer look at the important things you need to know about using these wound sealing aids on your four-legged friend.
What You Should Know About These Wound Sealing Aids
Liquid bandages designed for human use have been around for decades as an alternative form of wound treatment. They are especially popular among parents as well as hospitals, where a quick solution to wound closure is an ideal choice.
Products made specifically for dogs are a relatively new invention.
The differences between the two will vary greatly depending on the brand.
As a general rule of thumb, liquid bandages for our canine companions feature less harsh chemicals; They have little to no alcohol in them; this promotes faster healing and reduces the chances of skin irritation.
They are also likely to be faster acting than the ones for humans, as they need to dry as quickly as possible, so your pooch doesn’t have a chance to lick the wound.
Can you use human liquid bandage on a dog?
It’s technically safe to use human liquid bandage on your canine companion, but beware that some brands contain too much alcohol and other irritants which could cause rashes or other problems with your pup’s skin.
Whenever possible, use products designed for pets to reduce the chances of these types of skin reactions.
Another factor you will need to consider is that liquid bandage should not be digested; This first aid solution will have a faster-acting drying method as well as less potentially toxic chemicals in order to curb the chance that your four-legged friend will lick up the “skin glue” before it had a chance to work.
If you use a product designed for humans on your furry friend, you must be prepared to be “on deck” to make sure they don’t lick their wounds and ingest the potentially toxic chemicals in the cleaner fluid.
When should I use it on my pet?
There are several key instances when you should be using these wound sealing aids on your pooch over other attempts of medical intervention. It’s best used for specific types of injuries, such as a small cut in an area which keeps reopening due to body movement.
For instance, cuts on the ears, nails, noise or on top of the paws. These areas are prone to infection due to the constant opening and reopening of the wound, so using this antiseptic treatment on them should help to ensure the wound stays closed long enough to heal.
As a general rule of thumb, you should use liquid bandage on your pooch when he requires medical attention that cannot—or doesn’t necessarily need to be—addressed by going to the Vet.
Overall, this antiseptic solution for wound care can be a nice addition to your pooch’s first aid kit.
When NOT to use it?
There are some injuries you should never attempt to treat with a liquid bandage made for a pooch or human. These wounds include:
- Wounds that are leaking any type of discharge (i.e., pus)
- Hot spots, including irritated skin
- Deep wounds (these require medical intervention)
- Minor cuts and scrapes (small wounds heal faster when exposed to open air; trying to cover minor cuts and scrapes can unintentionally trap bacteria inside as well)
These exclusions are designed to keep you—and your four-legged friend—happy and healthy.
How do I choose the right product for my dog?
There are a growing number of options out there for dog owners who want to purchase some liquid luck for their pet, whether their pet was recently injured or the pet owner is simply covering all the bases. Consider the following essentials to get you started.
Choose a trusted brand over a generic product. The world of liquid bandages for pets is relatively new, and that newness means there will be plenty of people hoping to take advantage of new pet owners who are trying it out for the first time. Always choose brands that have established a financial and social history, so you can track them down in case anything goes awry.
Consider using a cone for pups that won’t stop licking wounds. Cones will help ensure that your pet’s tongue literally can’t reach their wound site; fully infected wounds can be extremely harmful, so pet owners should do everything they can to reduce the risks of infection as well as the risk of worsening the infection.
A liquid bandage can be used on dogs, whether it’s a human formula or a special formula designed for use on pets, in order to close wounds and promote better healing.
Ideally, pet owners should use pet-specific brands as these are formulated to be non-toxic and, otherwise, more pet-friendly.
Pet owners should ensure that their four-legged friends don’t lick up this “skin glue” as this can introduce bacteria into the wound and reduce the chances of a speedy recovery.