Hidden Valley Animal Clinic

100 Oakhurst Drive
McMurray, PA 15317

(724)941-3900

hiddenvalleyac.com

Bleeding/Lacerations

Use a clean cloth to apply firm direct pressure to the wound for five full minutes.  Wounds that have not stopped bleeding during this time should be evaluated immediately.  Small, superficial abrasions will likely heal on their own.  Clean the wound with soap and water and apply a thin layer of topical antibiotic, such as Neosporin.  Larger and deeper lacerations may require stitches, the sooner this happens, the faster it will heal.  Lacerations on the face, feet, and tail will often bleed more profusely than lacerations in other areas, especially if the animal is agitated and shaking it's head.  Any laceration has the potential to become infected, so even a non-emergency laceration should be seen the next day to see whether antibiotics are required.