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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Healing dog bites: Dog bites are dirty, therefore infection is a problem. Dog bites should be cleaned, debrided and depending on the area of the body left open or loosel ... Read More
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Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
56 years experience Plastic Surgery
Naturally: Assuming no infection they heal as any othr wound of the same are. Commonly they are not surgically repaired or are very loosely closed because of co ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
31 years experience Infectious Disease
Pretty dangerous : Dog bites can cause local or systemic infections. Not to mention rabies which is usually fatal. Please consult a physician if you have been bitten.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
56 years experience Plastic Surgery
Very: Aside from the tissue disruption, the non sterile teeth of adog inoculate wound with mixed bacterial infections.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Variable: If bitten by a dog ; wound is minor - wash w soap ; water, apply antibiotic ointment ; cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Rimmer
39 years experience General Surgery
ER: If you have a dig bite that breaks the skin or penetrates the tissues you should seek medical attention to evaluate the wound and treat it appropriate ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
If bitten by a dog ;: Wound is minor - wash w soap ; water, apply antibiotic ointment ; cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in last 10 years o ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
27 years experience Pediatrics
Look at the site...: If it looks like a dog bite, and the person bitten confirms it's a dog bite, then no further testing is necessary. If it requires treatment, then mo ... Read More
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Yes: It's fairly common. Dog bites can be very dangerous. Maje sure your tetanus shot is up yo date. If you have any redness around the bite, you may ne ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelly Kane
25 years experience Pediatrics
Soap and water: Rinse, rinse, rinse. Triple antibiotic ointment after call your doctor if getting more red and swollen around it.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Curtis Wong
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Dog bite wound care: You can shower and wet your dog bite anytime... And in fact i would encourage it if you already haven't done so. I hope you have already healed and t ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
45 years experience General Surgery
Infection: With bacteria (e.g. Pasturella or tetanus) or virus (e.g. Rabies), scar, injury to adjacent structures. A lot depends on size, depth, and location of ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
25 years experience Pediatrics
Usually yes!: About 30-40% of dog bites will become infected requiring antibiotics but more importantly, the area of the bite needs to be evaluated for extensive cl ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Dog bite: If they leave a scar, then you need to have somebody look at it. A surgeon or a plastic surgeon.

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