Q & A: Stitches, or not?

Q: How do I know when to take my pet to the vet for stitches after a minor accident?

A: This is a very difficult question to answer, as it depends on the area of the wound, the cause of the wound and the health of the animal. Immunocompromised animals (for example animals on corticosteroids or undergoing chemotherapy) may need to see a vet for minor wounds that would normally heal on its own in a healthy animal. Bite wounds often look minor but there is often a large amount of damage under the surface that cannot be seen, but which will need veterinary care. My advice will be to take your pet to the vet if the wound is deeper than just the skin, is larger than 3cm and if there is excessive bleeding for the size of the wound.

Dr Vanessa Mcclure, veterinarian

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