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Skin and coat

Questions

Skin and coat

14.4 My cat is injured, do I urgently need to see my veterinarian?


There are several factors to take into account: the type of wound, its size and its depth, the amount of blood, the general state of your cat and of the wounded zone.

Cut

Superficial wounds, such as scrapes and shallow cuts can be dealt with at home. Take care of them by following the recommendations made here. This type of wound should heal in 24 to 48 hours. If this is not the case or if the area becomes red, warm, swollen or painful to the touch, you are advised to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

If this is a deep cut, with or without a foreign object, you are advised to quickly go see your veterinarian.  Indeed, this type of wound needs to be stitched or sealed with staples.

 

 

Burn

Wounds of the abrasive type (burning through friction) usually occur during car accidents. It is necessary to see a veterinarian as soon as possible, even if your cat seems to be fine and moves around normally. This type of wound is also painful and longer to heal, as the surrounding tissues have been compressed. They require a rigorous treatment under the supervision of a professional and even potentially an antibiotic treatment. The other types of burns also require monitoring by a veterinarian.

 

 

Abscess

Bites have to quickly be checked by a veterinarian. Firstly because these wounds are dirty, as bacteria(?) coming from the mouth have entered deep into the wound. Secondly, bites can engender significant and deep lesions, that can even affect internal organs. This means it’s an emergency!

 

 

Wound

In certain cases, your cat’s situation requires surgical precision, which means your veterinarian will have to debride and scratch the wound to remove dead tissue and ensure the best possible basis for effective healing. Abscesses generally need to be drained.

If your cat is losing large quantities of blood, is in pain, or even unconscious, you need to urgently see your veterinarian!

 

Finally, certain areas take more time than others to heal and/or are subject to superinfection: the space between the toes, the face (in particular close to the eye), the area around the anus, sacs, the folds in the groin and underarm. If your companion sustains an injury around these areas, you should plan a visit to the veterinarian.

Questions

That you ask yourself about your companion

14.1 Why is it important to clean a wound?


14.2 The different types of wounds


14.3 How and what should I use to clean a wound?


14.5 The healing process


14.6 How do I make a temporary bandage?


MP LABO recommends

The following products

HONEYDERM

Remedial honey balm


Dermidine Spray

Spray for skin care