Both cats and dogs may experience injuries from fights with other animals. A variety of injuries may occur from these encounters that require experienced veterinary care. At Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington, IL, we treat common injuries that occur from fights with other animals.
Animal bites are essentially puncture wounds. These punctures in the skin can easily become infected, due to the high amount of bacteria in the mouths of animals. The area can become swollen, oozing and painful. Your Bloomington veterinarian will carefully clean the bite area and will provide antibiotics to eliminate the infection.
Severe bleeding is a life-threatening situation and should be seen immediately by your veterinarian in Bloomington. You should keep the pressure on the wound, but avoid using a tourniquet. The vet will be able to staunch the bleeding and will determine if additional surgery is needed to repair the damage to tissue.
Some animals use a shaking movement during attacks that can cause fractures of the skull or other bones of the body. Your vet will do x-rays to detect fractures in the bones and will provide appropriate treatment to set the bones, so they heal normally, to ensure normal function after the injury.
Other types of injuries can occur when two animals are fighting, such as tearing of flesh during violent movements or crushing injuries inflicted by the larger animal. Tearing wounds may require trimming and suturing of the wounds or more extensive surgery of deeper tissue damage.
Dr. Tatro, Dr. Anderson and the team at Fairway Knolls Veterinary Hospital use their years of experience to ensure quality care for their patients in Bloomington, IL, and nearby communities. Our animal hospital offers many veterinary services, including wellness exams, preventative care, surgery, boarding, and emergency care. Call Fair Knolls Veterinary Hospital today at 309-663-1414 for an appointment to learn about the many services we can offer when your pet has injuries from a fight with another animal.