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Lacerations are wounds caused by tearing of the skin or other body tissue. Unlike simple cuts or puncture wounds that present a uniform appearance, lacerations are jagged and irregular. Objects producing lacerations in a pet will contaminate the wound with debris and bacteria. Common reasons pets need to see a Braselton emergency veterinarian for laceration treatment include getting caught in barbed wire fences or broken wood fences, fighting with other animals and being struck by a car.
Split lacerations occur when an animal's body is squeezed between objects. Tissues and skin may tear from the force of the compression.
When one, angular force pulls or pushes the skin, the skin usually stretches and breaks open. Overstretching wounds are typically gunshot wounds. A bullet piercing an animal's skin would lodge under the skin and expand until the skin tears beyond the entry site. Overstretched lacerations require immediate treatment by your Braselton emergency vet.
Objects striking an animal's skin at an angle, in a sweeping motion or bluntly produce grinding compression lacerations. Soft tissue underneath the epidermis is crushed, allowing the top skin layer to peel away.
When skin is broken and ripped because of pressure forcing the wound in opposite directions, the skin will tear easily like paper. Tearing lacerations on a pet may not bleed as much as other laceration types but can be extremely painful.
Pet owners should cover the laceration with a bandage or other material immediately after the laceration occurs. Your veterinarian will take steps to control bleeding and remove any debris embedded in the wound. An antibacterial solution is used to thoroughly sanitize the wound. Pets may need to be sedated so your vet can properly clean and suture the wound to avoid causing pain and stress to the animal.
If the laceration damaged tendons or muscles, your vet may need to suture these soft tissues, as well as the wound. For larger lacerations, a small drain is sometimes put inside the wound to stop fluid from accumulating under the animal's skin. In addition, pets may need to take a regimen of antibiotics until the wound heals.
In rare cases involving lacerations of the spine, a pet may suffer seizures if certain nerves have been damaged by the wound.
Call Animal Emergency Care of Braselton today at (470) 209-7222 to learn more about our services.