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Experience:  UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
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I have a 4 year old yorkie who was bit on the neck

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Hello,
I have a 4 year old yorkie who was bit on the neck last night late last night. I live on the Colorado prairie and really do not know what bit her, but I'm guessing a coyote or another dog. I woke at 3:30 this morning to find her i bed with me and noticed the drying blood on her neck. I cleaned her up and applied neosporine. I called the local pet ER and since I don't know what bit her they said it was completely up to me if I brought her in or not. I have not taken her yet, but i do plan to take her to our normal vet on Mon. At this point, she is sleeping a lot. She will drink water and she is mobile when she wants to be. There is bruising around one of the puncture wounds, which I am keeping clean every several hours. She does not appear to be running a fever though she obviously does not feel well. Strangely, I can see no evidence of bite marks on the opposite side of her neck. These wounds are on the underside. The worst puncture still seeps blood a bit. I'm just wondering if there is something else i should be doing at his point? Thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Yes, I have one very important comment.Especially, with not knowing what induced the injury, any time the skin is broken by bite wound or scratch, oral antibiotics should be started immediately. So, I very very much disagree with the advice you were given over the phone by the ER. I would definitely get in to have appropriate oral antibiotics started ASAP, and I woiuldn't doubt, starting a nice anti-inflammatory medication would help as well. Hope that info helpsGood Luck!Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 2 years ago.
Hi Tony,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Lili. How is everything going?

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