My dog has been bitten by another dog. She has puncture wound to one side of her top lift paw and another on her pit area. She is limping slightly but otherwise ok. I have cleaned the wounds with salt water and put on an anticeptic cream. She is upto date with her jabs and so is the dog that bit her
Age: 5; Female; Breed: cross staff
I have bathed the wounds with salt water and my dog does not as yet seem unwell, she was bitten yesterday PM, they are punture wounds, no flesh has been ripped off and there is very little bleeding. Im just making sure i have done all the right things and is there anything else i should do. My dog was also bitten a few months back, (i unfortunatly live in an area where people do not have much respect to others, and often have not well behaved dog off the lead). The wound got infected, inturn she was put on antibiotics and eventually had to have an operation. Basically all from a small dog bite. I dont want my dog to go through all this again. I still have antibiotics from the last time she was bitten so i have given them to her. Basically very long winded i know, but is there anything else i can do.
HiYes, you are doing all the right things. You learnt well from the previous incident.In actual fact the puncture wounds can be more of a problem than small lacerations. With punctures, bacteria can be driven deep into the tissue and there is poor drainage allowing the wound to fester. Lacerations being more open drain better.The salt water bathing is good. 1 teaspoon salt per pint of water. Repeat this every 6 hours until you see a vet. A vet check is quite important early to hopefully prevent an abscess forming....that is likely to be what happened last time.Early antibiotics is also important and you have started that already. That is also good.The health status and vaccination status of the other dog is only important from the point of view of rabies if you are in a rabies area. The infections caused by dog bites comes from bacteria residing in dogs' mouths and vaccination doesn't prevent that.So I repeat that you will be wise to see your vet soon.I hope I have reassured you.Kindest regards, Peter
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (University of Melbourne, Australia)