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    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.