Ella with flower

With each purchase of Dr. Bill's Dog First Aid Kit $2 will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society.

Trim the hair

  • The key to the successful treatment of most wounds in animals, whether minor or severe, is trimming the hair around the wound site prior to wound prep and the application of medication & dressings. This keeps the hair from trapping contaminants and allows the medication to be applied directly to the wound and not get entangled in the hair. Most importantly with the hair trimmed away it allows the wound to dry out. Moisture and oozing serum that gets trapped under the hair tends to macerate the skin and this is what causes the beginning stages of a 'hot spot' leading to the itch scratch cycle.
  • Use the hair trimmers to trim the hair away from the wound site. Be sure and trim back enough hair so one can see the entire margins of the wound. It is better to trim back more hair than less so one can properly visualize the extent of the wound site.