Treating Bacterial Infections in Dogs with Betadine Solution

Betadine solution is a common antiseptic and antibacterial agent that is regularly used in human medicine for a number of purposes. Its portability and ease of use makes it a great choice for people who are on the go; it's a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts, mountain bikers, hikers and others. Betadine can be used for the same purposes for dogs as well. However, before you begin to treat your pet with betadine solution, it's a good idea to realize what the reasons for using this medicine are. You should always work closely with a vet in order to best diagnose and treat your dog's health concerns.

Betadine Overview

Betadine is a liquid antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It is used to eliminate bacteria that might otherwise cause an infection. Betadine solution is typically applied to cuts, incisions, wounds and other injuries as a way of cleaning them out and preventing infection. It is less effective at eliminating existing infections.

Using Betadine Solution for Your Dog

If your pet is injured and receives a minor cut, scratch or wound, you can clean off the wound with betadine solution to help prevent the risk of infection by bacteria. The open skin on his body is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria in the atmosphere can get in and cause your pet's skin to become inflamed and infected. Left untreated, these can quickly turn into large scale infections that spread throughout your pet's body. If they reach his inner organs, they can cause drastic damage and even death.

Use a small portion of betadine solution to treat your pet's minor wound or cut. If necessary, cut off some of the fur around the cut or injury so that you'll have better access to it. Gently clean off any blood using sterile water and a clean towel. When the bleeding has subsided, use a cotton swab or ball to apply the betadine solution to the area around the cut. Be careful that you're gentle so that you don't hurt or scare your pet.

When Not to Use Betadine Solution

Cuts that are larger than a couple of inches and any more serious wounds should be given proper medical attention right away. In these cases, betadine is not the best way to treat the cut. If the wound will not stop bleeding, or if there are any other concerns, it's always best to take your dog to the vet for a thorough examination and for any emergency medical treatment that is necessary.

If your pet has an existing skin infection of some kind, it's best to receive a prescription for an antibiotic from the vet. Do not use betadine solution to attempt to treat an eye infection, an ear infection or anything else in a sensitive part of your pet's body. For more information about betadine, ask your vet for additional advice.