Rachel
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Meet Slash, A Warrior Of The Wild

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
May 9 ·
Slash Street Dogs

On a journey to help 10,000 stray dogs per month, Slash is just one of many street dogs who need TLC.

Slash is a fantastic street dog in Thailand who has been surviving at great odds. Unfortunately, there’s not much known about Slash’s past, but we’re going to shape his future.

Who Is Slash?

Slash is a Thai street dog with a nasty cut above his right eye hence, why “Slash” is his given name.

While it’s not known how Slash got this cut on his head, we know it’s a place he can’t clean. So, unfortunately, it’ll be all too easy for the cut to become infected or for bugs to get in there.

Understandably so, Slash has been slow to trust. However, Slash’s most essential thing that needs to be done is to get his wound cleaned and healed up.

The Road To Healing

As with the other Thai street dogs, Slash is looking for food. Unfortunately, however, he’s skittish, and it’s been hard for him to come close.

Luckily, he has a love for sausages.

Little did Slash know that some medicine was hidden inside the sausages.

Ivermectin was inside to help kill maggots, fleas, and ticks. This is to help clear out anything inside the wound that might be there and shouldn’t be.

Unfortunately, since Slash can’t lick the wound clean, maggots and other bugs can lay eggs inside the flesh.

Slash was also given a painkiller. So hopefully, he won’t scratch too much at the cut. 

Within a day, Slash’s cut was scabbing over. He got more medicine and painkillers with his sausages. Unfortunately, Slash was chased out of the parking lot the day after that. Now it’s back to square one.

He was able to have all his medicine, but the wound has opened again due to scratching.

Yet, Slash still wants sausages. He’s been eating the meat, and the meds have been working their magic. The wound has seemed to be close back up again. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way this time.

What To Do When Your Dog Gets A Bad Cut

Dogs know exactly what to do when they get a nasty cut in most cases. If it’s in a spot they can reach, you may notice the dog licking the open would a lot.

This is because the enzymes in a dog’s saliva help destroy the cell walls of harmful bacteria. So, licking the wound helps to heal it. 

However, there are times that they need more help healing than from their licking.

For example, if the wound is infected or in a spot that the dog can’t reach to clean on its own.

The wound is above his right eye in Slash’s case, and it’s pretty big. It’s in a spot that Slash can’t reach to clean himself. He can only scratch it, which will make it worse.

So, what can you do in this situation?

The number one thing to do is keep the wound as clean as possible. This will stave off infection so that dirt, bugs, and other debris can’t settle within the dog’s open flesh.

Symptoms Of Infection

If the wound is becoming infected, it’s time to have a veterinarian look at the cut.

Some signs of infection to watch out for are:

  • Bleeding easily
  • Heat
  • Pain
  • Pus (Green, white, or yellow
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Treating The Infection

Bring your dog to the vet. In Slash’s case, if they’re hard to catch and are a street dog, then do your best to treat with “at-home remedies.”

For example, attempt to clean the wound as best as possible. If you can, cover it with bandages. Also, give the dog medication and painkillers inside their favorite food.

Learn More About Slash

To keep up with Slash’s story, be sure to do so over on Twitter. Also, keep an eye out for general updates here.

You can learn more about some other street dogs here:

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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