Treatment for wounds and bleeding
This wound doesn’t bleed as much as some, but it is likely to be dirty with particles of debris in it. Therefore, work through your SEEP checklist then, after around 5 minutes of direct pressure on the wound, provided the bleeding is well controlled, clean THOROUGHLY to remove any grit, rust, glass particles or debris with warm water, saline and/or sterile wipes. If the wound is caused by a bite, then extra care should be taken to irrigate and clean the wound (until you are bored stiff!!!) to make sure it is actually clean. If the bleeding is NOT well controlled, apply a pressure bandage by wrapping the wound with several layers of gauze and then using vet wrap, an elastic bandage, duck tape, or masking tape over it to maintain pressure. Remember not to wrap so tightly that you compromise the circulation to the limb.
This wound is usually very clean but does bleed a lot as, if it is deep, it may gape open. Therefore, work through your SEEP checklist. If blood seeps through your dressing, apply another pad directly on top of it. If after dressing number 2 you are still not able to control the blood loss, ring your vet immediately for further advice and notification of your intention to come to the surgery, apply a pressure dressing as above. As this wound is likely to be clean, there is no need to waste time (and blood) trying to clean it. If the blood loss is severe, slightly raise your pet’s back end to increase blood flow to the head. Keep your pet warm with a blanket if cold. If your pet is hot, cool down with cold compresses to the chest and abdomen.
DO NOT remove any object that is penetrating the animal. This object may be stemming blood flow as it blocks the hole, preventing infection getting in and may also cause more damage to the tissues as it is withdrawn. Work through your SEEP check list as above, this time applying your pressure AROUND the penetrating object. Treat for shock by raising your pet’s back end as above.
2) treat for shock
3) ring your vet
1) collect the amputated limb
2) rinse clean if possible and pat dry
3) wrap in waterproof covering – ie cling film/plastic bag
4) wrap in tissue or light bandage to protect it
5) place ON top of frozen peas/ice DO NOT PUT COMPLETELY IN ICE
6) if no ice available, place in cold milk bottle (with limb in waterproof bag)
7) transport pet & severed limb to vet urgently.