This cutie is Gunner, a 5-year-old German short-haired pointer. Gunner got spooked and ran into a barbed-wire fence, which ended up causing some deep wounds in three areas on his legs.
Gunner’s parents had fallen on hard times – his dad was recently laid off from work, and his mom is unable to work at the time due to a high-risk pregnancy. They were hoping they could keep his wounds clean and they would heal on their own. Unfortunately, Gunner’s wounds started to get worse, so they reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help. Gunner took a visit to the vet where he got some stitches and some medication to help him feel better. We’re happy to report that he’s healing well.
Cuts/wounds—or what a vet may call a laceration—can be anywhere on a dog’s body, and often can be treated at home with products like iodine or Neosporin if it’s small. If the cut is deep, place a bandage or cloth over it to control the bleeding and keep the area clean—i.e., if there is any dirt or debris around the area where the cut is, be sure to gently wash it off and keep it clean. To clean it, warm tap water or warm saline solution is best. Often, your pooch may want to lick or even chew on the cut as it heals. This is when that handy “cone of shame” comes into play. This will help your pet from injuring themselves further. If you want further information, check out this handy article from PetMD that covers how to treat minor dog wounds at home.
Please keep in mind, if a deep cut becomes infected it can lead to more serious issues, so Fur Kids Foundation recommends you take your pet to the vet as soon as possible.
Fur Kids Foundation was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Banfield Foundation® to be used to help the Gillette, Wyoming charity with their emergency veterinary assistance program. This funding helped the Foundation grant money to help Gunner's family with his vet trip. If you would like to help Fur Kids Foundation continue to help families with animals, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. The money helps families during a time when they may not be able to afford adequate veterinary care. Check out more Success Stories.
Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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