Innocent though they may seem, puncture wounds need to be treated with caution. Just like a bite wound, puncture wounds may be the tip of the iceberg and not readily show the true seriousness of the underlying damage. Flush and apply a topical antibiotic. If you know the wound is not highly traumatic, you may simply keep a close eye on the area and seek veterinary help if swelling and inflammation occur.
Unlike humans, pets seldom get tetanus. Generally, a tetanus shot is not needed for dogs. On extremely rare occasions, a deep puncture wound that is contaminated could create a serious muscle and nerve disorder.
About Pet First Aid
This First Aid Guide was developed by the veterinary staff at Dr. Sherry Weaver's Animal Hospital of Towne Lake in Woodstock, GA. Always seek veterinary care following first-aid attempts. Your veterinarian is the best source of information for your pet’s specific needs. This information is provided for general reference and informational purposes only and should not be construed to be formal professional advice or the formation of a consultant-client relationship.