Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Face Jail

Recently, Riley was sentenced to face jail.  When it comes to wounds, Riley is notorious for making them worse with licking.  She can turn a small infraction of a wound into a felony in just a few minutes.  In this case, Riley sliced her webbing between two toes.
I am a big fan of keeping wound treatment as simple as possible with cold hosing and air.  Cold hosing is a gentle way to clean a wound.  It flushes it out and cools any inflammation.  I will wash with a gentle soap if necessary, but mostly I allow the cool water to flow over the wound.
Once cold hosing is completed, I dry the wound using a hair dryer on a LOW, COOL SETTING.  When dealing with an area such as between toes, it is especially important to thoroughly dry the wound and to make sure it gets plenty of air. 
If at all possible, I try not to bandage as it often delays healing.  This means you have to protect the wound from the dog in another way.  Some dogs are great and leave their wounds alone (Katie and Reagan) and others are serial lickers (Riley).  One of the many great features about racing greyhounds is that they are accustomed to wearing a basket muzzle without being offended.  So using a muzzle for a few days is a great way to protect a wound.

13 comments:

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

That looks a bit painful before you worked your magic. Is split webbing a painful wound? Sometimes things like that look worse than they really are.

I've been very impressed with Beryl's behaviour on any vet trips. If something REALLY hurts she will say so but she's so easy to do anything with. Another advantage to having an ex-racing Greyhound, they're so used to being handled they take most things in their stride ... is that a bad pun?

Hope Riley is all better soon:)

Anonymous said...

That's genius! Did you buy that muzzel somewhere or did you modify a standard basket muzzel?

I have a rather annoying system involving an E-Collar and a tag collar to stop the licking. Your system is so much better.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

It hasn't been a painful wound except when she steps on something. Just keeping in clean has been the hard part since it comes in contact with the ground and its been an oozing, wet, dirt collecting wound.

Its just a greyhound kennel muzzle. The white cup is a stool guard for poop eaters. I like the muzzle so much better than e-collars.

Heather V said...

That's pretty much our SOP for wounds. Simple is usually better (and easier for all involved). Sending good thoughts for for a quick healing (webbing wounds can be such a PITA).

Face Jail...LOL love it!

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Ah yes, face jail, so useful on so many levels. I have to say though that I'm not sure if unoffended is quite the right term. At least in this house. Muzzles are accepted as a necessary evil occasionally, but there's an awful lot of sneaky rubbing on furniture and walls....

Poor Riley. Hope her paw is feeling better soon!

Lauren said...

Oh! I had to cringe! Oww oww oww!!!

I'm glad the foot is doing better - I've never actually thought about using the air!

Thanks for that tip :-)

jcp said...

Hope Riley gets parole soon! That looks painful.

Winnie said...

Useful tips there. Thank you.

Hope it's all better soon.

jet said...

when Barbie tore her toe webbing it didn't look as bad as that! Barbie is an appropriate licker, she licked it enough to keep it clean, I just had to restrict her to on leash walking for a week and it healed nicely..

houndstooth said...

We first learned about stool guards when Hawk had a giant gash on his leg that he made worse by licking. Those muzzles are godsends when something like that comes up! I hope Riley is all healed up soon!

gyeong said...

Muzzle caps take the worry out of leaving serial lickers alone for any length of time. Stanley will take a nonissue and lick it till it requires medical attention.

Heather said...

I never thought to use the hair dryer on low to dry it out. I'm like you - if I can keep their mouths off of it, oxygen and water is my choice for wound care.

Kini_pella said...

Ah, Jennifer! You've saved me! I have been so worried about Fergus's recent web tear and couldn't find articles about it anywhere...and yet, you have all I need right here on the blog!

His looks about as bad as Riley's in the picture, and because I was at work, it was professionally cleaned and stitched, though, if you've read, some of the stitching came out...but I think he'll live. I will keep up the cleaning and am very glad to know I don't need to bandage it...that really is such a pain and he hates it.

I have a *greyt* solution for your dirt/grass problem though that has been wonderful with Ferg: http://www.amazon.com/PAWZ-Dog-Boots-Large-Color/dp/B001J1WBG0/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1316296838&sr=8-13

I KNOW they look stupid, but I slip one on his bad paw before we go out and it keeps it perfectly safe and clean until we get inside and I remove it again. People mess it up, because they don't keep their dog's nails down so it punctures, or they keep them on all the time; if you just use it for this purpose though, nothing could be better!

Best wishes to Riley's healing!!!