Trauma

Traumas can all vary in severity and can include a large range of issues including:

  • wounds and heavy bleeding
  • bites

Wounds

Some very small wounds and grazes may be attended to without specific veterinary intervention but remember that apparently innocuous wounds can be much more serious than they look. If there is any doubt as to the severity of a wound or appropriate treatment you should consult your vet without delay. If your animal has been involved in a road traffic accident then your animal should be seen.

As a general guide, wounds that may require specific veterinary examination include:

  • Heavily bleeding or large wounds
  • Wounds near to a joint or tendon
  • Severe lameness
  • Stop the bleeding

Wounds on a limb:

  • Apply a pressure bandage using one or two layers of gamgee under a tight bandage.
  • If the bleeding does not stop further layers should be applied without removing the lower layer. Pressure bandages should not be left in place for more than 20 minutes without taking further advice from your vet.

Wounds that cannot be bandaged (e.g. those on the body or head):

  • Apply and maintain pressure manually using any available clean material (e.g. nearby dressings or even at item of clothing) until you get to the vets.
  • Do not move theĀ animal unnecessarily.

Bites

Animals naturally have a high bacterial load in their mouths, so any bite wound must be taken seriously as an abcess can form. Contrary to popular belief, animals licking their wounds dosen’t stimulate healing but is in fact detrimental!

Please seek veterinary adivce.

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