Louisa immediately consulted her vet as she was concerned that the wound was deep and also worried about the risk of infection or damage to the tendons and ligaments.
The position of the wound meant that stitching wasn’t going to be an option, so open wound management would be required.
A wound that is not able to be closed surgically will need to be left to heal by second intention and managed as an open wound, using appropriate treatment involving bandaging techniques. Healing by second intention is when the edges of the wound are far apart and cannot be surgically brought together.
Arty was put on box rest for around a month with the wound bandaged to keep it clean and as stable as possible. The first 24 hours were crucial to spot any signs of infection or complications.
Louisa cleaned the wound and applied a Skintact® wound dressing which was held in place with Orthopaedic padding and an Equiwrap® cohesive bandage, with a little bit of duct tape at the bottom to prevent any dirt travelling up from the bedding.
The dressing was changed every two days to start with and then every four days to try not to disturb the wound and allow it to knit together.
Skintact®, from Robinson Animal Healthcare is a low-adherent wound dressing that is ideal for minor wounds with low to medium exudate. It is also double-sided and therefore impossible to use the wrong side down. Two layers of perforated film, with an inner absorbent layer provide superior wicking.
Robinson Animal Healthcare has a wide range of products for all your first aid requirements including the market-leading Animalintex® and the legendary Veterinary Gamgee®.