Cuts, bruises and scrapes require the same first aid you would use for humans. If the injury is major, call or visit your veterinarian. If it is a minor wound, clip the hair from the edges and gently cleanse the wound with warm, soapy water. Do not use any harsh disinfectants, as you may end up doing more damage than good. Let the area air dry and then apply Schreiner’s. We do not recommend bandaging, as it slows healing and infection can develop within the warm, damp area of the bandage. While people generally prefer to have a wound sewn closed, few wounds actually require sutures. In fact, the wound will heal faster and without scars if they are left exposed, healing from the inside out.
The most common fungal infection on dogs causes “hot spots” angry-looking red spots commonly found on the neck and back. These spots can appear suddenly, especially during summer and fall. They can cause an intense itch or be extremely tender to the touch. They start as a balding spot and spread outward, usually keeping a circular shape. To treat the area, clip the hair away from the entire red area and apply Schreiner’s® Herbal Solution two times a day. Schreiner’s® is anti-fungal and should bring immediate relief.
Mange is also quite common with dogs. Mange mites burrow into the skin and cause intense itching. Symptoms include pustules, scabby areas, thick grayish areas and baldness on the belly, legs, face and back. Because mange is so contagious it is best to isolate the dog from other dogs. Since many other skin conditions look like mange, you cannot be certain until a skin sampling is examined by your veterinarian. To treat with Schreiners, clip the hair away from the infected area and apply Schreiner’s® Herbal Solution two times a day. You can also treat without clipping.