Petriage Clinical Insights

IMPORTANT: This article, which is provided for educational purposes only, is based on published veterinary data and decades of work with pets and pet parents. The information provided here is not designed to be comprehensive but to help you avoid the pitfalls of online misinformation and most importantly, to frame the conversation you should have with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian’s perspective may differ from what is expressed here. Always consult with your veterinarian.

Bite Wounds

Treat all suspected bite wounds seriously. If your pet may have been bitten, it's important to thoroughly search for any signs of bites. Bite wounds may indicate additional internal injuries or develop infections if left untreated. 


Thoroughly inspect your pet for any puncture wounds, bruises or painful areas. Small puncture wounds are easily missed, especially on furry pets.


For large or deep bites, especially those involving internal structures, pack the wound with clean, dry bandaging material, such as gauze or a clean t-shirt. Bring your pet to a vet ASAP.


  • Keep the area open and dry. If debris is present, you may clean wounds with only water. Do not use soap or other products. Do not wrap or bandage the wound. 
  • Consult with your vet. Even small wounds can have undetected complications.