By Henry Cerny, DVM, MS
Lacerations in dogs can range from small to large and superficial to deep. They can be anywhere on your dog’s body and the first warning sign may be bleeding.
If the wound is small and superficial (like a scrape) then you may be able to treat it by gently cleaning the wound. I prefer Vetericyn as it is gentle and will not interfere with the wound healing process, but gentle wound iodine or chlorhexine may be used. A topical ointment such as Neosporin can be applied two or three times daily until healed.
If the laceration is deep, place a bandage or cloth over the wound to control bleeding and keep the area clean. Seek veterinary care as soon as possible as deep lacerations can become infected leading to more serious complications. For deep lacerations the veterinarian will clip and clean around the area and close the wound with sutures. A course of antibiotics are often prescribed with deep lacerations.