Why Never Use Hydrogen Peroxide for Pet Wounds

Pet wounds

Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly used antiseptic for wounds, whether its minor cuts, scrapes, or burns. It can even be used as a mouth rinse to relieve minor mouth irritation.

So why not use Hydrogen Peroxide for pet wounds?

If your pet has a wound that doesn’t seem to heal, there are many ways to treat it. Although there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to treat pet wounds, there is one way you must avoid at all costs if you don’t want to slow down the healing process – hydrogen peroxide.

A lot of well-meaning owners tend to use hydrogen peroxide on wounds found on their pet – cat bite abscesses, dog bite wounds, skin cuts and lacerations, abrasions, etc.

If hydrogen peroxide works for human wounds, why not use it on pets?

When you put hydrogen peroxide on your pet’s wound and see it bubbling, this doesn’t only mean that it’s killing the bacteria present. It’s also a sign that it is killing the very cells that your pet’s body is counting on to heal the wound. These healing cells are called fibroblasts and are very crucial to proper wound healing. Using hydrogen peroxide to clean pet wounds will delay healing instead of help it.

If you do use hydrogen peroxide, do not use it at its full strength. Remember to dilute it with either water or saline. If your pet has a serious wound, bring him immediately to your veterinarian. For small wounds, just use soap and water.

Hydrogen peroxide has other uses for your pets. It is useful for de-skunking a dog. It can also help induce vomiting when your dog has eaten something nasty.

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