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Caring for Open Wounds - Initial Do's and Don'ts

Caring for Open Wounds - Initial Do's and Don'ts

Caring for Open Wounds - Initial Do's and Don'ts

Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
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Launch date: 04 Mar 2019
Expiry Date: 07 Mar 2020

Last updated: 10 Jun 2019

Reference: 193504

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Although open wounds are rarely a life-threatening emergency prompt and appropriate measures can prevent or reduce the likelihood of complications, speed recovery, and improve prognosis and cosmetic outcomes.

After assessing a wound and classifying it by its type and degree of contamination there are some essentials to wound management that include lavage, disinfection, and strategies to promote healing. In this segment Dr. Phil Zeltzman describes best practices for lavaging and cleaning open wounds as well as the use of ancillary treatments including epsom salts, sugar, and honey.


Wound lavage systems and fluid sources
Better understand various systems and configurations for wound lavage and best practices including fluid selection.
Disinfection of wounds
Better understand issues related to the use of antiseptics and best practices if they are to be employed in wound care.
Ancillary treatments and their benefits
Epsom salts or dressings that include sugar and honey.
Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS

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Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
on behalf of VetVine

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon and instructor for Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA Rapid) and a certified surgeon for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), having performed thousands of these procedures in dogs from less than 5 pounds to more than 250 pounds! Dr. Zeltzman’s interests include all aspects of soft tissue, orthopedic, cancer, reconstructive, and neuro surgery, as well as physical therapy and emergency cases. He also has a strong interest in the prevention and treatment of obesity, as well as comprehensive pain management and arthritis management.

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This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
    Exam Pass Rate: 70
  • New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
  • 0.25 Hours

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