Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Veterinary Questions
Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and happy to answer your questions today.
So sorry to hear Jack got into this scuffle! Is the scratch full thickness? Meaning does it go all the way through or is it superficial?
If this is a superficial wound then it can wait until morning but if it goes through several layers of skin and possibly all the way through the lip I would strongly advise a veterinary er tonight
In addition to needing sutures he should be started on antibiotics immediately due to the source of the wound but also the location being on the lip
Yes it is full thickness. It has not completely penetrated through the lip but through several layers. Thanks for the advice.
You are very welcome, unfortunately that would indicate an er visit tonight. It simply is not worth the risk with it being a raccoon and being a lip...it would require more debridement tomorrow if you wait
Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both this evening?
I will thanks so much I'm off to the vet
OK, you both will be in my thoughts
You might want to bring a copy of the rabies certificate for them
They may require a vaccination if you do not