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Numb on leftside lower lip, to leftside of upper chin after dog bite, the sutures has removed, but I can feel a small hard lump, is it normal?

Numb on leftside lower lip, to leftside of upper chin after dog bite, the sutures has removed, but I can feel a small hard lump, is it normal?

Scar Tissue: It is not unusual to feel a hard area of scar tissue within a wound such as you describe. The scar will fade and flatten out over the next six months. ...Read more

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Dog bite on underside of wrist directly on vein. Did not break skin but it has swollen into a purple lump and is painful. How to treat?

Dog bite on underside of wrist directly on vein. Did not break skin but it has swollen into a purple lump and is painful. How to treat?

Seek MD attention: Would recommend to see your Primary Care Doctor or to go to an Urgent Care center to be evaluated.

You may require antibiotics depending on what the physical examination shows ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get dog bites?

About a million a yr: Reported. I'm curious why ask this question? ...Read more

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Can you recommend what to do when a dog bites?

Can you recommend what to do when a dog bites?

Wound care/dog issue: Wash the wound out wit copious amounts of water & antiseptic soap, apply abx ointment, note your own tetanus status. If the wound penetrated any web space in your hand see a dr. Verify the dogs rabies status, if not current, impound it. Many locals require dog bites be reported to the sheriff if not your family dog. Local authorities can provide rabies information if needed. ...Read more

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Can dog bites make me get worms?

Can dog bites make me get worms?

Dog bites: Dog bites are more likely to cause very painful bacterial infections that require specific antibiotic treatments than they are to transmit worms. ...Read more

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Do I need to get a dog bite checked out?

Do I need to get a dog bite checked out?

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 cleaning and possible repair and tetanus status needs to be determined. Call you primary for advise asap. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a dog bite yesterday?

What to do if I got a dog bite yesterday?

Cleanse, ER visit: A stray dog is one whose history you do not know. You should wash the wound well with soap and water. Then find the owner if possible to investigate the immunization record of the dog especially against rabies. If truly a stray, there is a risk, and you should visit your er for advice. Rabies is a condition that can make dogs aggresive and more likely to bite. ...Read more

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What to do with dog bites that have broken the skin?

What to do with dog bites that have broken the skin?

Like any injury...: Wash with soap and water. Check for tissue damage. Dog bites are pretty clean (for animal bites) so a small bite it's not usually a problem. If there it's more damage or cuts, see a doctor. If it's an old bite and it's getting more red or painful, get seen now. ...Read more

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What to do about dog bites that have broken the skin?

What to do about dog bites that have broken the skin?

Wound care/dog issue: Wash the wound out wit copious amounts of water & antiseptic soap, apply abx ointment, note your own tetanus status. If the wound penetrated any web space in your hand see a dr. Verify the dogs rabies status, if not current, impound it. Many locals require dog bites be reported to the sheriff if not your family dog. Local authorities can provide rabies information if needed. ...Read more

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How can you care for a swollen dog bite?

Med eval: Obtain medical evaluation. This could represent swelling from injury or from infection. ...Read more

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What precautions in eating after dog bite?

Dog Bite: I know of no precautions in eating after said dog bite. However, did the dog have all its immunizations such as Rabies? Was it your dog, a neighbors dog? Was the attack provoked or unprovoked? Have you had a recent tetanus shot? ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for dog bites?

What are the best treatments for dog bites?

Clean /ID dog: Dog bites can become infected with bacteria from the skin or dogs mouth. Rabies is rarely passed by a provoked bite, but verification of the dogs rabies vaccination or confinement of the dog is needed. Clean immediately with antibacterial soap, verify pts tetanus immune status & seek anti rabies rx if dog cannot be found & local consultants agree. Some wounds, like the hand or deep may need abx early. ...Read more

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I got a dog bite (no bleeding), will I get sick?

Maybe: It depends on the depth of the bite and the health of the dog. Regardless you should see you doctor to have it cleaned and to determine if you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my dog bites?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my dog bites?

Beware "cheap": If the wound is minor, clean the wound immediately with warm soapy water and peroxide. Apply a clean bandage and head to the er. If you have serious bleeding or a severe injury head straight to the er. Severe infections and other problems are not uncommon and are best evaluated asap. You will need antibiotics. Have someone call animal control to evaluate the animal which caused the injury. ...Read more

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What to do about a dog bite that hasn't broken the skin?

What to do about a dog bite that hasn't broken the skin?

Clean the area: If the bite hasn't broken the skin there is little chance of infection. Clean the skin and apply some antibiotic creme and it should heal. ...Read more

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I have an infected dog bite, what things will I need to do?

See a doctor: Get proper examination and antibiotic treatment before the infection spreads or gets worse. ...Read more

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What would the ER do for a 56-year old male with dog bites?

What would the ER do for a 56-year old male with dog bites?

An ER would likely: Provide wound care, tetanus shot if indicated, antibiotics in some situations and determine if rabies shots were medically indicated. ...Read more

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I treated my dog bite with alcohol and peroxide is that sufficient?

I treated my dog bite with alcohol and peroxide is that sufficient?

Maybe: First, do you know the dog and has it had rabies shots. If not then I'd have the dog quarantined or euthanized and examined for rabies. Rabies is uncommon but fatal if not treated. Next, get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the past 5yrs. No alcohol or peroxide. Copious soap and water should be good enough. If it turns red or drains pus see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How should you respond if a dog bites your arm and it does not let go?

How should you respond if a dog bites your arm and it does not let go?

Excellent question!: I used to be veterinary assistant but I really didn't know. I have been bitten several times when holding an animal's leg for blood work and the owner let go of the head. Here are some excellent recommendation by Victoria Stilwell. See: https://positively.com/animal-advocacy/dog-bite-prevention/what-to-do-when-a-dog-attacks/ ...Read more

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If a dog bites you but the dog had a rabies shot, are you still at risk?

If a dog bites you but the dog had a rabies shot, are you still at risk?

Not from the rabies: If the dog is really up to date. There are a variety of other germs that could provide a significant risk if the wound gets infected. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me how often should I change a bandage on a dog bite?

Doctors can you tell me how often should I change a bandage on a dog bite?

Dog bite wound care: You should be changing your band-aids and washing your wounds at least twice a day. As drainage subsides, you can go to daily changes. And if there are any signs of infection, you must see your doctor. ...Read more

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How dangerous it is if a street dog bites? And how soon it needs to be vaccinated?

How dangerous it is if a street dog bites? And how soon it needs to be vaccinated?

Rabies: Unless you know the vaccination status of the animal, it may be a carrier of rabies. The bite itself can cause infection. Both are reasons to seek medical attention right away and get the animal checked as well. ...Read more

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Can I have alcohol after dog bites.if no, then after how many days can I take a drink.

Can I have alcohol after dog bites.if no, then after how many days can I take a drink.

Dog bites: Sorry about that. If it is big bite you should go to the Emergency facility and they will clean your bite and put a bandage round your bite.
Hope all goes well.

I have two cats and they can be tough but rarely scratch me.

PS: I forgot! I see no bad reason for a bit of alcohol daily. Don't overdo it! ...Read more

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My body has been itching since I was done takng meds for a dog bite. It won't stop someone please help?

See internist: You should see the physician who prescribed the antibiotics. In the meantime, you may want to try otc Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and zantac medications to ease the symptoms of itching. ...Read more

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What to do for dog bites in hot weather?

What to do for dog bites in hot weather?

Same for cold weathe: Care is the same regardless of weather. Immediate wound irrigation and cleansing is paramount, followed by wound exploration for penetrating injuries tomdeepmstructures followed by appropriate antibiotic and tetanus prophylaxis and drainage or repair are essential principles of management. ...Read more

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How rare is it to get septicemia after a dog bite?

How rare is it to get septicemia after a dog bite?

Not rare: If the bite wound penetrates the skin and is not properly cleaned and treated it will at least progress to a local infection and often from there to sepsis. Cat bites are worse, but not much. ...Read more

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Is a dog bite on the face, from a vaccinated dog something to be concerned about?

Is a dog bite on the face, from a vaccinated dog something to be concerned about?

Care is warranted: Dog bites in general, especially to the so-called dangerous triangle of face, from middle of upper part of nose to across the lips, should be carefully watched and cared for, as they frequently get infected, requiring antibiotic treatment, due to large amounts of bacteria in the canine mouth. Pl get it checked with your physician or an urgent care clinic to avoid any complication:) ...Read more

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Can I get hiv from a dog bite?

Can I get hiv from a dog bite?

Nope: Dogs don't carry HIV. Wash the bite out well and make sure your tetanus is up to date. If the dog hasn't been vaccinated for rabies- see your doctor. ...Read more