Puncture Wounds in Dogs
Treating Animal Bites and Gunshot Wounds in Dogs
Puncture wounds are extremely varied: From small splinters, stickers, and grass awns that break the skin to animal bites and gunshot wounds. They almost always get infected, leading to severe problems under the skin even when everything looks fine from the outside.
Splinters, stickers, and animal bites (from other dogs, mostly) are the most common puncture wounds seen in dogs. Glass and metal wounds are also common. Wounds from weapons (as during hunting) are also considered fairly routine in certain parts of the U.S. Porcupine quills and grass awns are similarly common in some areas in the U.S.
In all cases:
For animal bites:
For gunshot wounds:
For arrow wounds:
For porcupine quills:
Living and Management
If your pet has suffered a puncture wound – even a minor one like a splinter – make sure tests for tetanus are employed. An antitoxin can be easily administered. Although it’s rarer in dogs than in humans, tetanus may reveal itself with the following signs:
A type of nervous system disease in which the patient is unable to regain control over certain muscles, usually those in the neck and jaw
The term for the nostrils and muscles in the upper and lower lips of an animal; may also be used to describe a type of tool used to keep an animal from biting
Anything that is designed to kill those organisms that are known to cause disease
A type of antiserum that contains antibodies against certain poisons.
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