A laceration is a wound produced by the tearing of body tissue.
The skin is often involved. Unlike an incision with smooth edges,
a laceration is often jagged and irregular.
There can be variable degrees of damage to the underlying body
tissue and structures depending on the depth and force of the
trauma that caused the laceration. Minor trauma may damage the
skin only. Major trauma may damage deeper muscles and tendons,
or extend into the abdominal or chest cavities.
The wound created by the laceration is frequently contaminated
with debris and bacteria.
All lacerations have the potential for hemorrhage (bleeding) or
Watch for lacerations associated with the following signs because
your pet may require emergency treatment:
inability to stand
abnormal mental state
a wound is deep, more than1 inch long or will not stop bleeding
after 3 minutes of direct pressure applied get your dog to a vet
right away. Applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean
cloth or sponge can control minor lacerations. If the bleeding
doesn't stop within 3 minutes of doing this get to the vet right
away. Even if it does stop you should still have a vet check the
area and clean it, suture may also be required. A vet is always
the best place for advice and information!