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My dog got bitten by a cat and is limping. How serious is

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My dog got bitten by a cat and is limping. How serious is this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

Unfortunately cat bites are almost always infectious in nature so a veterinary visit is warranted in the morning to begin appropriate antibiotics.

1.) No licking! If this area is reachable then please use a cone or sock to prevent her from reaching the area. Licking introduces more oral bacteria to the area and can increase risk of inflammation and infection

2.) Trim the hair around the wound if you are able

3.) Use ivory soap and water or dog oatmeal shampoo to the area twice daily with ten minute contact time before rinsing and tap dry

4.) I prefer to not apply salves or ointments especially with cat bites because it traps in moisture to the area and reduces healing or delays healing time.

5.) Remove any scabbing that occurs with healing. Again it also traps in moisture and then can actually abscess

6.) Limit activity. The more activity the more likely this wound will take longer to heal because the skin cannot heal in an active setting, particularly on the leg. I imagine she is likely limiting her activity on her own at this point

7.) Benadryl 1 mg/ pound every 8 hours to help with the itch and allow her to rest comfortably until your veterinarian can evaluate her

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

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