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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Most wounds heal first time without any complications and leave only a feint scar. However owners can take some simple precautions to prevent complications occurring.
Wound healing is a remarkable process by which the body can heal itself, and repair a defect. Following a surgical procedure soft tissue wounds in veterinary patients usually heal first time without complications, but occasionally problems are seen including :
Wound healing starts as soon as a wound has been created. Within 24 hours wound edges have developed some strength to resist separation. Non-absorbable skin stitches can usually be removed after 7-10 days and the wound is sufficiently strong for a return to normal physical activity by about 3 weeks. For some specific tissues (eg tendons and ligaments) a longer period - eg 6 weeks - may be required before a return to normal activity can be recommended.
For wounds to heal first time the following should be avoided :
Normal wound healing requires the presence of adequate concentrations of several nutrients including :
On the other hand excessive amounts of some nutrients (eg Vitamin E) can delay wound healing
Owners can take several precautions to avoid problems occurring :
As a general rule wounds heal better if they are exposed to the air, so do not apply a dressing or bandage to cover the wound unless advised to do so by your veterinarian.
Updated October 2013