What are Wounds?
Cats and dogs, especially the more active ones, can often fall victim to a number of cuts, scrapes, bites and abrasions, and when they do it is up to pet owners to determined how serious the wound is and whether or not medical attention is necessary.
In many cases, minor cuts and abrasions can be dealt with at home, while deeper more penetrating wounds may require a trip to the vet or emergency animal hospital.
So when does your pet’s wound require medical treatment? As a general rule, you should always seek advice from your pet’s veterinarian if you have any doubt about the treatment or severity of your pet’s wound.
As a rough guide, your pet requires medical treatment if:
- they are showing signs of shock
- are bleeding excessively, or if the bleeding will not stop
- the wound is deep enough to require stitches
- if there is a deep puncture wound, especially if in the chest or abdominal regions
- if there is foreign material in the wound
- if the wound is the result of being hit by a car or attacked by a larger animal
- if the wound does not seem to be healing after a few days or shows any sign of bacterial infection