Hard to heal wounds: dealing with the problematic wound

Louise O'Dwyer
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Wounds are encountered on a daily basis when working within veterinary practice, with the vast majority going on to heal without any issue. Some wounds however, may have issues in healing and these can pose a challenge for clinicians. There are numerous reasons for wounds not to heal; these can include patient factors, such as underlying disease, aetiology, and poor nutrition, but also surgical factors, such as haemotoma formation and infection. This article looks at the underlying causes of delayed wound healing and what action can be taken in terms of both prevention, and treatment.

Hard to heal wounds: dealing with the problematic wound
Hard to heal wounds: dealing with the problematic wound

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