Our pups hold an important position as our family members. We want them to be happy and healthy but sometimes accidents happen. It’s a good idea to have an antiseptic on hand for such occasions. This medication should be made from quality ingredients. It should be easily applied and be safe in the event the dog licks the area. Choosing a good one will bring peace of mind the next time a scratch, scrape, or hot spot appears. Here’s a list of some of the best antiseptic for dogs in 2021 we’ve found on the market.
Dogs are naturally curious and energetic little balls of fur and while this might be what we love most about them, it’s also the reason why most dogs get into unintentional accidents at times. Dog injuries range from small cuts to severe lacerations and it’s important to determine if the wounds require medical attention or if you can just patch things up at your home. Either way, it’s always good to have a first-aid kit for your dog especially if your dog constantly plays outside. You should invest in a good antiseptic for your dog because this might save you a costly trip to the veterinarian.
Common Antiseptic for Dogs
It’s normal to think of ways to accelerate the healing of your dog’s wounds because you don’t want your furry friend to suffer any longer. It’s a natural instinct to reach into your medicine cabinet and grab hydrogen peroxide because it’s the remedy to most cuts, but it actually slows down the healing process more. You should also avoid using rubbing alcohol to treat your dog’s wounds because they might try to lick the surface which might cause respiratory irritation and mild poisoning. We recommend looking for Chlorhexidine and povidone iodine because these are the more effective antiseptics that are safe to use on your pet. You should also consider looking for an antiseptic that has an ingredient called potassium peroxymonosulfate, a component of an effective disinfectant.
How to Use Dog Antiseptics
Chlorhexidine is a very common ingredient in most dog products such as ear rinses and dog shampoos which you can use to apply topically on your dog’s wounds. Just dilute it with water until the color turns light blue. The povidone iodine should also be diluted until it turns to the color of a weak tea. Unless you are instructed by a veterinarian, you should never apply an antiseptic directly to your dog’s wounds. We recommend gently cleaning around the wound so your dog will feel less pain and discomfort.
By Jarett Gilpin
Jarett and his vapor wake dog, Toxi, help keep the students and public safe on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Jarett knows what equipment, food and toys to keep Toxi safe, productive and still able to have fun.