If the wound is superficial, or only the epidermis is affected, healing should occur within 24 to 48 hours. The cells of the deep layers of the epidermis (the most superficial layer) multiply and migrate in order to “mend” the lesion. This is the case for superficial cuts or scrapes. If the wound has not healed within 48 to 72 hours or if the area becomes red, warm, swollen or painful to the touch, you are advised to consult your veterinarian.
In the case of larger wounds, there are different phases:
Finally, in the case of wounds that are deep or that take long to scar, it is important to keep in mind that the scar will continue evolving for 6 months to a year after the wound has fully closed. This is called the maturation phase, when the scar progressively becomes smoother, more supple and softer to the touch.