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I am sorry to learn Eddie was injured. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Where is the wound located?
2- Any discharge?
3- Is he eating and drinking?
1- What is the name of antibiotics your husband is giving? Milligrams and how often?
1- How much does your dog weigh?
2- How often is getting Cephalexin?
Thank you for answering my questions. Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer.
I am sorry that Eddie is injured, I know how difficult this must be for you to see him in this condition. In response to your question, as you may already know it is likely for the wound to be infected if it has a bad odor. When dealing with bite wounds we may be misled because the wound may only have a small puncture hole on the surface yet there is a big dead space created underneath. In this case, I would strongly recommend having him checked by a veterinarian as soon as you can to evaluate the wound, he may need some drains placed. In the meantime this is what you can do:
1- Do not let him lick the wound if he does pick up an E-collar (cone) in your local pet store to stop him from licking/gnawing at the wound.
2- Pick up in your local pharmacy "Hibiclens" antimicrobial soap or chlorhexiderm scrub. Dilute 1-2 tablespoon for every cup of water. Use this mixture to flush the wound 2-3 times a day. Do Not use peroxide.
3- Continue on Cephalexin 500mg every 12 hours.
4- Follow up with your family veterinarian for a hands-on examination.My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.Dr. Peter