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Pets and puncture wounds

Sunday, November 27, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

A puncture wound is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an injury that is deeper than it is wide.  In pets, puncture wounds are often caused by bites or objects such as sticks, metal or glass. If your pets gets a puncture wound, check his overall health to see if it’s an emergency. Make sure that he’s not in shock, breathing heavily or bleeding profusely. Then take him to your veterinarian for an exam. Your pet may need a tetanus shot or rabies booster. Puncture wounds also need to  be kept clean so that they are free of infection. An abscess can form if the skin heals over the wounds sealing in an infection. So if the area is tender, smelly or oozing pus, call your veterinarian. Your pet may need antibiotics. Never try to administer any pet medication without the advice of a vet.

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