Wound Reconstruction Techniques: Free Skin Grafts
Full-thickness meshed sheet grafting and punch grafting are 2 of the most common grafting procedures performed in small animal practices.
In order to properly treat sizable wounds on the distal extremities of small animals, it’s helpful to know how skin grafts heal, tips for avoiding graft failure, and how to perform full-thickness meshed sheet and punch grafting.
Surgical Drains: Placement, Management, and Removal
In Part 2 of our “Surgical Drains” series, the author discusses proper placement of the different types of drains, how to manage them after placement, and when to remove them.
Nutrition and Wound Healing
Wound healing requires the body to have sufficient energy stores to rebuild tissue. Without these resources, the animal’s body begins to break down endogenous protein in an attempt to meet its needs for the “building blocks” of healing. A strategy to provide adequate nutrients should be created for every wound patient.
Placement & Management: Jackson-Pratt Closed Active Suction Drain
Drains are placed in wounds to evacuate fluid that would otherwise accumulate due to dead space, inflammation, infection, and/or necrosis. Fluid accumulation in a wound can be detrimental because…
Caudal Superficial Epigastric Flap
This article reviews information from the session, Practical Techniques in Soft Tissue Surgery, presented at the NAVC Institute 2015. The caudal superficial epigastric (CSE) flap is a highly versatile axial pattern skin flap that can be used to cover large open wounds on the…
Moist Wound Healing in Dogs and Cats: Using MRDs to Improve Care
How to use moisture-retentive dressings (MRDs) to support microscopically precise debridement and repair for a wide variety of wounds.
How veterinarians should use different moisture-retentive dressings (MRDs) to heal wounds in dogs and cats.
Helpful Tips For Managing Wounds In Veterinary Patients
David Dycus, DVM, MS, & Jennifer Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Successful wound management depends on taking the correct approach to the lesion, including deciding whether to close it or manage it as an open wound. This article reviews this critical decision-making process and offers tip and techniques for wound management. Successful wound management …
Principles of Wound Care & Bandaging Techniques
Jessica Bosco, CVT Wound care in veterinary medicine is an essential part of patient management with great potential to impact the duration and extent of an animal’s recovery from surgery or traumatic injury. A wound is defined as a break in the continuity of a tissue of the body.1 A wound occurs when the integrity …
Unique Therapies for Difficult Wounds
Many “old-school” remedies are re-emerging and have shown to be beneficial in wound treatment.
Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS and Kristen O’Connell Traumatic wounds are frequently encountered by the small animal practitioner The inciting cause and severity of the wound dictate the duration of treatment, required materials/equipment, and labor intensity. Despite the availability of cutting-edge antibiotics, age and underlying disease or concurrent illness may contraindicate administration. Many “old-school” …