Lacerations occur frequently in dogs and are seen periodically in cats as well. Common causes include tearing wounds from other animals, getting caught on a fence and motor vehicle trauma. By nature these wounds are at risk for becoming infected due to the inherent “dirtiness” of the source of the wound (other animals mouths, dirt from the road or a tire, etc.) Often in these cases, damage underneath the skin is even more extensive than you can appreciate externally. If your pet has a laceration, early medical evaluation and surgical repair is very important. This will help to avoid infection, poor healing or a more extensive surgery. If your pet’s wound is actively bleeding apply gentle pressure with a clean cloth or gauze while transporting him immediately to the veterinarian.
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