How To Prevent And Treat Scars In Dogs

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dogThere are many different reasons why a dog may end up getting scarred, it could be from a burn or an accident, but most typically dogs gets  scars from surgery or fights from other dogs.

The most common surgeries are going to be from spay and neuter operations,  and once in a while as the result of being hit by a car.

However, the most grisly scars happen when a large aggressive dog mauls a more passive smaller dog in a fight. Let’s take a minute to examine what you can do to prevent scars, plus some traditional, alternative, and all natural ways of treating scars on your dog.

Preventing Your Dog From Being In Accidents And Fights  Is Important

dog struck by carOne of the most heartbreaking incidences in your life can be seeing your dog get struck by a car right in front of you.

Cars  have a difficult time seeing and avoiding dogs as they are running across the street, usually in order to greet another dog or person.

By taking the time to train your dog to be obedient, even when there are multiple stimulants nearby, you can end up saving its life in the future. Additionally, keeping your dog on a leash or fenced in the yard is always a good idea for the safety of both the dog and others.

After A Dog Has Surgery It’s Important They Wear The Collar

Nearly all dogs will have in insatiable desire to constantly lick the wound or incision area after surgery. They will even reopen an incision  by excessive licking and biting, eventually causing a dangerous medical condition.

In order to prevent a dog from being able to access an incision it’s important that a collar be placed around the neck which denies them the ability to reach their incision. While these collars can appear to be cruel, or even humorous, they are entirely necessary for the health of the dog after an operation.

Methylsulfonylmethane Is Thought To Help Reduce Scarring In Dogs

surgery After surgery a dog’s scar will most likely be 90% healed in approximately 2 weeks, however, the development of the scar usually takes place thereafter in the third week.

By giving a dog a sulfur compound that is derived from the seaweed called kelp, called methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM,  orally you can help reduce the amount of scar tissue the dog’s body produces at the wound.

MSM also is thought to help reduce pain and inflammation at the site of the surgery, which helps the dog spend less time being obsessed with licking and biting the wound. You should consult with a qualified veterinarian as to the amount of MSM a dog of your size would need to help with scarring.

For Show Dogs It May Be Better To Go With Stronger Medicine For Scarring

veterinarian DrDogs that are used in shows  have more reasons to reduce their scarring after surgery, so in this case it’s better to go under the care of a veterinarian Dr. and administer special steroids such as prednisone which have medically proven properties helping to reduce scarring.

This can be fairly expensive, but in the case of a quality show dog it may well be worth it. Prednisone is also used in situations where scarring can be detrimental to the dog, such as after the lancing of a hematoma on the ear.  The  steroid is a strong inflammation reducer which also helps reduce pain as well.

Treating And Older Scar Is Different Than The Prevention Of A New One

Many of the treatments for older well-established scars in dogs are the same as those for humans, however, there can be a huge problem with the application and maintenance of the different treatments, because of a dog’s propensity to lick and bite any kind of noticeable medication.

It is also difficult to cover up a scar being treated with a bandage for the same reason, the dog will easily remove it with their teeth if allowed to do so. So it’s important to have a well fitted collar that prevents the dog from having access to the treatment  area.

Vitamin E Oil  Works On Dogs Just As It Does On Humans

vitamin eMost people buy vitamin E capsules  that they then break open and apply to the scar several times a day.

Vitamin E naturally helps reduce inflammation which is one of the reasons why their bodies create more scar tissue at the site of the wound.

The oil should be gently massaged into the scar after application to make sure that it is well absorbed into the skin. Oral supplementation with vitamin E at the same time is also thought to be helpful, but the dose should be carefully chosen with the help of a veterinarian.

Treating scars in dogs can at times be quite difficult because of their obsession with keeping the area clean by licking.  However by using the proper prevention equipment, combined with natural and synthetic medications, you can limit the scarring at least as well as you can in humans.

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