The bite wound is first examined closely at the vet - Image: Shutterstock / Photographee.eu
First of all, the veterinarian examines how deep and how severe the bite wound of the little bad luck raven is. Is it only superficial, or are muscles, tendons, bones or even organs injured? Is the wound dirty or inflamed? All of these factors are very important to ensure that a wound can be treated optimally without the injury having long-term consequences.
Treatment of a mild bite wound
It is very good if you have seen the vet as soon as possible, because the likelihood that the wound has already inflamed is relatively low. To ensure that there is still no inflammation, the veterinarian is now also examining seemingly minor injuries to determine whether they are deeper than expected - because that would be dangerous.
After the examination, the veterinarian cleans small injuries thoroughly and carefully, and then disinfects them - this is very important so that small injuries do not turn into serious infections or illnesses. If the wound is not deep, the cat's self-healing powers do the rest and after a few days there is usually nothing left of the wound.
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For serious injuries
Deeper wounds need to be sutured, and in very severe cases your domestic tiger may need surgery. An antibiotic administered for several days helps to fight bacteria and prevent inflammation. With advanced inflammation, any abscesses must be removed, otherwise there is a risk of blood poisoning.