If you have a dog, then it is a good idea to keep some basic first aid supplies on hand for your dog. One such supply would be oxygen healing gel. This gel contains a strong concentration of oxygen, and when spread over a wound or damaged skin, it helps encourage the cells to heal while also preventing infection. So, when would you reach for that oxygen healing gel? Here are a few cases in which it would come in handy for your dog.
Sometimes the pads on dogs' feet become sore. This may happen after a long walk on rough terrain or icy ground, or it could happen if your dog walks in a lot of salty slush on the side of the road. The rock salt used for de-icing is really hard on paw pads. Oxygen healing gel can help ease the soreness and encourage the sore paws to heal. Make sure you rinse the paws off well to remove any irritating substances. Let them dry, and then apply the gel. Your dog may lick his or her feet a little, but that's okay because these healing gels are generally made to be non-toxic.
If you have a dog with some white hair and pink skin, he or she may develop sunburn on hot, summer days. You can tell the skin is sunburned because it turns pink, and it may even feel a little warm to the touch. Oxygen healing gel will not only encourage the burns to heal; it will also soothe the soreness and keep your dog more comfortable so they're less apt to scratch the area and cause further irritation. You'll need to apply it generously to ensure it penetrates your dog's fur.
Large wounds should, of course, prompt you to take your dog to the vet. But if your dog gets a small cut or scrape that you're confident does not need stitches, you can generally care for it at home. Rinse the wound with some warm water or saline solution, pat it dry with a clean cloth, and then apply some oxygen healing gel. Reapply it daily until the wound heals. It should speed up the process and also help prevent scarring.
Oxygen healing gel is a great product to keep on hand for your dog. As you can see, it has a lot of beneficial uses and is a rather versatile product.
Ask a veterinarian if you have questions about using oxygen healing gel for animals.