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Animal Care Hospital Interventions For Canine Traumatic Injuries

If your dog suffers a traumatic injury and sustains extensive tissue damage and profuse bleeding, take it to an animal care hospital as soon as possible. It is crucial to get your pet stabilized immediately so that its vital signs remain within normal limits. Here are some animal care hospital interventions you can expect if your dog sustains a canine traumatic injury. 

Wound Cleansing And Closing

The animal care hospital staff will thoroughly clean your dog's wounds and then close the deep lacerations with sutures. Stitching up the wounds will help stop the bleeding and allow the areas to heal. Depending upon which type of sutures your veterinarian uses, you will either need to return to the facility to have the stitches removed or simply allow the stitches to dissolve on their own.

Before your pet is discharged from the animal hospital, the staff will make sure that it is in stable condition. If your pet's condition is unstable as a result of profuse blood loss or extreme pain, the veterinarian may recommend hospital admission for observation and further treatment.

Antibiotic Therapy

Because dogs are typically not at risk for developing tetanus even after deep wounds, a tetanus vaccination will not be offered. Conversely, because deep wounds can easily become infected, antibiotics may be prescribed. If your dog gets discharged soon after its wounds have been treated, oral antibiotics will be prescribed to help prevent infection. If your dog needs to be hospitalized, it may receive intravenous antibiotics along with intravenous fluid replacement.

It is important that your dog finish its entire prescription of antibiotics. If your pet refuses to take its antibiotics or experiences side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting, call your veterinarian, who may discontinue the current antibiotic and prescribe a different one.  If you notice any signs and symptoms of an infection such as increased redness, inflammation, or drainage, or if your pet is lethargic, hot, or has a poor appetite, call your veterinarian. 

If your pet sustains traumatic injuries, quickly take it to an animal care hospital for emergency treatment. The sooner it receives the necessary care, the less likely it will be to go into shock or lose large amounts of blood. Once your pet's wounds have healed, it will be able to resume its normal activities pain-free, although you should be sure to return to your veterinarian for a follow-up visit and checkup.