Hidden Valley Animal Clinic

100 Oakhurst Drive
McMurray, PA 15317



Fight Wounds

Separate the animals and allow them to calm down so you can evaluate the extent of the injury.  Stop any bleeding by applying firm direct pressure for five minutes. Then clean the wounds with soap and water.  Wounds from fights between animals can result in injuries ranging from mild to severe. Superficial lacerations and punctures, as discussed previously, may be the only external sign of injury.  However, penetrating puncture wounds over the neck, chest, and abdomen can cause internal injury.  If you suspect a deep puncture wound, or the animal is having difficulty breathing or showing other signs of distress, they should be seen immediately.  Bite wounds usually become infected after a few days, so even non-emergency wounds should be evaluated the next day so the animal can be placed on an appropriate antibiotic.