No matter whether an open wound on your dog seems serious or not, the best thing to do is to contact a veterinarian. Only a vet will know for sure how serious the wound may be as well as give you professional advice on the best way to treat it. Treating a truly non-serious wound on a dog is typically a matter of stopping any bleeding and dressing the site, though your vet may make more specific recommendations regarding your dog's particular injury.
Common Vet Advice
Gently clean a dog's wound with water. Do not administer topical medications unless a veterinarian recommends it. Your vet will instruct you on properly cleaning the wound and applying pressure to stop any bleeding, as well as how to dress the wound to avoid infection or irritation. Depending on how your dog was wounded, he may need to see the vet even if the wound doesn't appear serious. A laceration caused by a sharp piece of rusty metal, for example, can lead to tetanus even if the bleeding isn't severe.
By Tom Ryan
About the Author
Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.