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My pup was bitten today

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by jasvizsla, Aug 19, 2009.


  1. jasvizsla

    jasvizsla PetForums Newbie

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    Oscar went to sniff at another dog today and the horrid little thing turned and bit him quite violently about an inch below his eye leaving a little bite hole. I bathed it in a little salt water and he seems fine and ate up all his food a couple of hours later. Should i take him to the vet or just wait and see, the vet just offered an antibiotic over the phone so ~I thought i'd ask advice on her first!
    Here is a pic of the injury

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  2. I would get the antibiotic

    I am a worrier and i know puncture wounds are hard in themselves to fully clean out (due to their nature).

    Keep bathing it with cool boiled salted water - flushing out the wound if you can, and start the antibiotics. If no improvement or it starts to look worse - off to the vets with him

    well - thats what i would do.
     
  3. mindymoo

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    Awwww your poor pup, hope it heals quickly!! This scares me when thinking of introducing my pup to other dogs :(
     
  4. Nonnie

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    Is it a puncture or more of a superfical scrape?

    If you keep it clean, and pop something like sudocrem on it it should be fine. It really depends on how deep it is. If its a puncture wound you dont wont a pocket of infection growing and become an abscess.

    I dont like overusing antibiotics in dogs, as they can build up a resistance to them. I can no longer using synulox or baytril on one of mine as he has had them so many times they no longer work. He has to have antirobe, which is SOOO expensive. If there is no infection present, then using them would be a bit redundant. Your call of course.

    BTW< dont forget to make sure he meets as many dogs as possible after being bitten. He needs to know that he doesnt need to be fearful of all dogs.
     
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    I'd prob leave it and keep it clean and use sudocrem on it, unless it start to look nasty.

    x
     
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    Going from experience, I'd be inclined to keep bathing it 3 times a day with warm salt water. If it's not healing then take the antibiotics.
     
  7. jasvizsla

    jasvizsla PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for your replies folks. The main reason for not going for antibiotics was that i don't want him to build up a resistance to them. I'll keep going with the boiled salty water for a bit and see how it goes, it is a puncture and looked pretty deep.
    The owner of the other dog said it was just protecting a pup. i told her that if she knew it was that protective she should have had it on a lead or muzzled. I have to admit it wasn't in such polite terms as I was very angry at the time!! :mad: She just couldn't see my point but she did after a bit of my ranting offer to pay for any vets bill though!
    I know dogs will be dogs but this thing was particularly viscous with Oscar.
     
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    jasvizsla PetForums Newbie

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    Is the sudocrem the same thing you get for babies in a pharmacy? Is that ok on pups?
     
  9. Nonnie

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    Yes it is, and yes its fine.

    I use it on everything :D
     
  10. shazalhasa

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    Sudocrem would be ok for a graze or a sore spot but I wouldn't put anything onto an open wound... you just never know :blushing:
     
  11. Nonnie

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    My vet recommends it. Ive used it successfully on abscesses.
     
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    Dixie was bitten on the face when she was a few months old, it was a puncture wound and the vet cleaned it and gave her atibiotics. She also had to wear a lamp shade to stop her scratching at it!
    She still has a wee scar under her eye :( and she occasionally gets a leaky eye.


    If it is an open wound I would be more inclined to get the antibiotic as pups are into everything and might be hadr to keep as clean. If its not open then put sudocream on and clean it a few times a day.

    Hope your pup gets better and he isn't scared of dogs.

    x
     
  13. Happy Paws2

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    I hope he's OK, the poor liitle love, not a nice way to meet another dog.

    Thanks of the Tip.

    I've never heard of this before, so I'm to the chemist tomorrow, it sounds useful to have in just in case.
     
  14. james1

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    if there is any problem even close to the eyes you should get to a vet ASAP as a routine, i had a stick go into my boys eye and if i hadnt have taken him that night it could have caused blindness, it had scratched his eye and left small splinters which they were able to wash out.
    I wouldnt worry about him getting attacked, they are surprisingly hardy, mine gets bitten all the time - thers some nutty dogs round here and hes fine - just looks at me like 'i didnt do anything' and i say 'you should have come back when i ask' - sort of :D
    aggressive dog owner do my head in though - they dont seem to have a care so long as thers dont come off worse
     
  15. TabbyRoad

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    Our dog has had too many puncture wounds to count after being attacked a few times and one turned quite nasty with infection.

    Our vet brought us back down to earth with a bang when he said he treated a GSD who was in and out of hospital for 2 months with an infection she developed after being snapped at by another dog. As he said, you don't know if the other dog it up to date with all it's shots and if the wound isn't cleaned properly it can cause a lot of trouble.

    He didn't charge us for 3 out of the 5 visits we needed after her attacks so I could never say he always recommended a vet trip for the business.

    It's always better to be on the safe side of you're worried. Thankfully you guy looks like he got away without too much damage but it's always a horrible thing to witness for any owner :(

    On a completely non medical point, try to make sure your dog gets back out there with other dogs as soon as possible if you haven't already, especially the type of dog that attacked it. Our dog is now very wary of large brown dogs after her attacks. Thankfully we went to our first training class last night and there is quite an aggressive big brown boxer mix there. As the other dogs came in she was very happy and waggy but as soon as she saw the big brown lad she started getting very nervous. After only one session she's already learned they're not all out to kill her.
     
  16. jasvizsla

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    He#s fine with other dogs still, he was playing with them last night. H'es eaten up with gusto again this am and there seems to be no swelling and the wound has scabbed over. :)
     
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    I would get the antibiotics, just in case it turned septic over a period of time, you dont want the wound closing with infection inside it. Poor little thing that must of frightened him to death especially being bitten on the face ouch !!!
     
  18. jasvizsla

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    Have booked him in ofr antibiotics this pm just to be on the safe side
     
  19. lemmsy

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    Ah good to here. Hope your little pup is ok.

    Sounds like it must be sore. Probably worth checking with owner of a dog that it's ok for the dogs to mix before allowing your boy over to say hello, so you can call him away not and avoid an incident. That's what I try to do when out and about.
    I'd maybe try and get him to socialise with some other dogs (friends' dogs say) that you know are fine with other dogs, to counteract this negative experience.

    Hope that helps :)
     
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