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can i give my dog penicillin to help with a dog bite that is

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can i give my dog penicillin to help with a dog bite that is getting a little infected?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

If you vet said you can give your dog penicillin than you can give it to him. I am surprised he didn't give you the dosage. However, the following site does contain the dosing information for this as well as usage and precautions.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I just wanted to make sure. I already gave him 2ml in the left hip. The bite has busted open a little on the back side of the bite. I have been cleaning wiht peroxide and trying to make the skin go back together. Should I just leave it open to drain?


Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

Unless a wound is very deep, it is best to leave it open to drain and help prevent infection, so leave it at this point.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The wound is skin deep, thank you so much. IT is healing and not draining as bad as it was 2 days ago. Just one more question. What is the expected healing time for this type of wound? Just to know what to expect.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

Since it is showing signs of infection, it will take about 3-5 days to see improvement with the infection once on antibiotics and then healing can start once the infection is cleared. So in about a week you should see some healing but it will take a couple of weeks to heal completely if it is shallow.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
one more question can you please tell me how much to administer of the penicilling to mydog to help with the healing. I have a 12 pound dog and I have penicillin g I think it is 3 ml but how many times per day and for how long.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.

I am not legally allowed to give you that information but the dosage information was on the site I included earlier.

I would start with a smaller dosage initially. Usually antibiotics are continued for 10 days. Discontinuing treatment early can result in antibiotic resistant bacteria.