Wounds can be caused by many things such as scrapes, cuts and bites from other animals, or a pad laceration from stepping on glass or a sharp rock. Wounds can vary in severity from small injuries that require clipping and cleaning of the area to severe wounds requiring general anesthesia and sutures (stitches) or staples to repair. An open wound of any size needs to be seen by a veterinarian. Many wounds require treatment with antibiotics to prevent infection.
When to visit VCA Urgent Care
When to seek emergency care
We recommend visiting an emergency hospital if your pet is/has any of the following: