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    Lacerations

    Most, but not all, lacerations require surgical intervention. Patients are monitored closely under general anesthesia while the veterinarian evaluates the wound and sutures the laceration closed. Some lacerations require placement of a drain. Smaller and more superficial lacerations may be repaired under sedation or with a local pain block. It is important to have any wound evaluated by a veterinarian because they can easily become infected and then more difficult to manage. The sooner a laceration is repaired will improve the surgical success and prognosis for complete healing.