The need to have the contact numbers of the vet in a conspicuous place cannot be stressed enough. Dogs are highly energetic and no matter how a dog owner tries, accidents can never be prevented. Dog owners would not be surprised if the pet that has been wandering would come home with an injury. Fortunately, most of the injuries like abrasions, cuts and lacerations are not very serious. Dogs usually get these injuries from fighting with other dogs or from rummaging in trash cans. The fur of the dog protects the skin but a broken glass, a barbed wire or a jagged tin would still cause lacerations. Dogs love tormenting cats and one that is chasing a cat may rush into a glassed off window.

A laceration is one of the injuries a dog can get. This injury is typified by the irregular or jagged tearing of the dog’s tissues. The severity of lacerations vary but these kind of injuries are usually deep because the object that has managed to cut the skin would also damage the tissues. Lacerations are types of wounds that would tear the tissues so that it would usually have irregular edges or jagged edges. Because of the damage to the tissues and blood vessels, lacerations can be life threatening if treatment is not promptly given to the pet.

A dog owner’s instinct upon seeing the injured pet is to examine the extent of the injury. Dogs in pain may become aggressive thus the pet has to be approached with caution. The dog must be muzzled or restrained by another person. Unlike other injuries of the dog that are hidden by the fur, a laceration will be seen easily because of the bleeding.

Minor laceration can be treated at home especially if the dog owner is competent in administering first aid. Serious lacerations would need a vet’s attention as suturing may be necessary. For lacerations that bleed heavily, first aid measures that would control the bleeding must be applied as the dog can go into shock because of blood loss. Stem the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or towel.

Superficial lacerations can be treated at home using the contents of the first aid kit. After controlling the bleeding, use lukewarm water to thoroughly remove debris from the wound. By washing the laceration, infection will be minimized and the owner will also have the chance to fully examine the injury of the pet. Cover the wound with sterile bandage to prevent dirt from contaminating the wound.

Find out more about lacerations as well as first aid for dogs at Sarah’s Dogs.

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