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What are Puncture Wounds?

Bite wounds from other dogs make up about 10% of the trauma seen in veterinary clinics. Other reasons a dog may have a puncture wound are gunshots, arrow wounds, car accidents, falls, or getting punctured with sticks, metal or any other sharp object. Infection from the biting animal’s mouth, from your dog licking his wound, from the penetrating object, or from the environment can cause an abscess. While you can clean a wound at home, it is important to get your dog to a clinic to assess the severity of your dog’s injuries, and receive proper treatment.

Puncture wounds are any wounds that breaks through the skin and enter the body. In dogs, the most common puncture wound is caused by a bite by another dog or animal. Any kind of penetration carries a high risk of infection, and can be indicative of unseen internal damage.

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Symptoms of Puncture Wounds in Dogs

Symptoms of puncture wounds include:

  • Punctured skin
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Redness of skin
  • Watery discharge
  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Shock

You may see secondary symptoms if your dog’s wound has become infected, or an abscess has formed. These include: 

  • Fever
  • Depression
  • Decreased movement
  • Discharge that is foul smelling, thick, bloody, or colored from wound
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Decrease in thirst

Causes of Puncture Wounds in Dogs

Causes of a penetrating wound include:

  • Bite from another dog or animal
  • A fall from a high place
  • Gunshot or arrow injury
  • Car accidents
  • Punctures from a sharp object, such as sticks, arrows or metal
  • Impalement on a sharp object

Diagnosis of Puncture Wounds in Dogs

If you know what has caused the puncture wound in your dog, tell your veterinarian, as this can help determine treatment. Your veterinary caregiver will examine the wound, and assess the size, the kind of wound, and the degree of infection. Other tests may be utilized to determine the extent of any internal injuries. These can include X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, and blood and urine tests.

If the wound is on a leg, your dog cannot walk, or has a large amount of swelling, X-rays can help determine if there is a fracture. Gunshot wounds can have life-threatening complications if any vital organs were damaged, and will be thoroughly assessed.

Treatment of Puncture Wounds in Dogs

While waiting for medical help, or a prognosis for a treatment plan, try to keep your dog from licking his wounds. Calm your dog as best you can, and try to prevent movement. Wrapping your dog in a blanket can help his body temperature from dropping, and can keep him calm. Try to stabilize any object that is still present in the wound, such as a stick or arrow. Do not try to pull out any foreign object, as it may make the situation worse. If the wound is in the chest, and you can hear sounds of sucking in the wound, cover it with plastic wrap.

At your veterinary clinic, sedation and pain medication may be given, often as an injection. Wounds are cleaned of any debris, and dead tissue is removed. All the hair near the wound will be clipped to prevent contamination.

Depending on the age and size of the wound, as well as the severity of infection, your veterinarian will choose to either leave the wound open or surgically close it. Small wounds may heal over on their own, while old or highly contaminated wounds may be left open at first and closed at a later date.

Surgical closure for more severe wounds may be done with sutures or staples. Drain tubes may be inserted in a closed wound to aid in drainage, especially if there is an abscess present.

If an abscess has formed, it will need to be surgically opened. Then, it will be cleaned and drained, and left to heal as an open wound to promote drainage and prevent further infection. There is a greater risk of an abscess forming in older or more contaminated wounds, or if there is a large open space under the wound after it has been closed.

Treatment for a bite wound on the leg can include splints, casts, and bandage changes. Antibiotics are almost always given, and anti-inflammatories and pain medications are prescribed as needed.

Recovery of Puncture Wounds in Dogs

Your veterinarian will give you instructions for home care that usually include keeping the puncture wounds clean, and changing bandages. Bandages should be checked for blood, dirt, wetness and tightness. If drainage from the wound is clear, that is a good sign of healing. However, if drainage is thick, bloody, yellow or green, contact your veterinarian, as this means the wound is still infected. Leg bandages may need extra protection from becoming wet or dirty outside. 

Use only tap water or a warm saline solution to clean wounds. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, soaps, shampoos, oils, or herbal teas to clean the wound unless approved by your veterinarian. They can delay healing, or can be toxic if taken internally.

Antibiotics and pain medications may be prescribed, and need to be used as directed. Do not discontinue use of antibiotics early unless instructed by your veterinarian. Keep your dog from licking or chewing any wounds or bandages, and use an Elizabethan collar to help prevent that if needed.

Puncture Wounds Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Taco
Basenji
4 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Tenderness to touch

My dog was bitten yesterday, the dog clamped on and wouldn't let go. Took him to the vet today and they said it wasn't that bad and there were no puncture wounds. They cleaned it and shaved him. They gave him an antibiotic (topical) and pain pills. He is acting completely fine but the area (neck) seems to be loose hanging and squishy. Should this be a concern or is this common in the healing process

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Loose hanging skin with some fluid inside may occur after a traumatic event, but is usually temporary and will resolve by itself; the injury is still fresh (after a day) but give it a week or so and he should be alright. Keep a close eye on things and if there is no improvement after a few days, return to your Veterinarian for another check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Brook R, It can be very dangerous to give a dog any Tylenol/acetaminophen..., even fatal. Just wanted to let you know... Wouldn't want anything to happen to your pup, or any other pup...🙂

Make a solution of Epsom salt and water. About 1 cup Epsom salt and 2 cups water warm to dissolve take a clean washcloth or similar dip in warm solution and hold lightly directly on the wound hold it for a few mins then dip again and repeat. Do twice the first day and once day there after you will see considerable change in the first 24 hours also give dog a small dose of liquid infant tylenol.

I don't know if anyone can help me but my dog was just recently attacked by another dog no vets around here were closed early today because it was a Saturday and tommrow I don't think any vets will be open what can I do? She's tore up pretty badly

My dog was bitten by other street dogs.I got him rabies 8 months before shall I vaccinate him again? Some punchured hole are there in his legs. He is unable to walk. Nor did he urinate for hours. Red watery type blood is coming out. Though I gave him a shower there is no difference in the smell.

Please help, my dog was bitten and has hanging skin w fluid, but she's now piddling slightly bloody urine.

Please help, my dog was bitten on her hind quarters (butt cheek) and she has a hanging skin puncture w fluid inside. Now she's piddling slightly bloody urine. I can't get to a vet for another 6 hrs :(

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Mac
German Shorthaired Pointer
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture Wound
White drainage
Redness

My pup was bitten by another dog 3 days ago. It's a single puncture wound, but it's pretty deep. I can fit a Q-tip head inside it. We flushed it with Betadine and continue to rinse it with saline and place Neosporin on it. It's had a small amount of drainage, which is white/clear. We called our vet and she place him on clindamycin 300mg BID. She didn't see the puns due to us being out of town. Now 3 days post incident and 2 days on the antibotic, the hole seems to be getting bigger and the skin around it is turning yellow.
Should we take him to the vet? I'm concerned that the hole is not going to close properly. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are noticing that the wound is getting larger it may be best to visit a Veterinarian to take a look at the wound and they may decide to debride the wound (cut the edges) and to suture it closed; without examining the wound I cannot really give you any more advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hey my name is jamie grant I own 2 dachshunds we got a attcked by a pig dog yesty an one it bite both of my dogs one is fine An the other is really timmered but she is eating an drinking fine wat should I do to settle her down

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Peluche
Toy Poodle
7 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Oozing fluid
Red skin,
Swelling

Hello, I found a stray toy poodle about a month ago. When I bathed him, I found that there was an old scab formed under his eyes, probably from old tears. Once the scab was removed, it left a watery, really soft skin under. I washed it and tried to put some neosporin on it for about a week and it seemed to heal. Unfortunately it wasn't, because just yesterday I found blood in the same spot, I suspect he opened it again while scratching himself. When I squeezed it, a green liquid oozed from it. The skin seems to heal, but only superficially because when I touch his eye bag it seems swollen. What could I do so the wound heals properly?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most probably Peluche requires the area to be drained and to be prescribed a course of antibiotics by his Veterinarian as green oozing discharge is unlikely to be treated at home. You should take Peluche to his Veterinarian to have the area checked, drained and flushed out. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

hi my dog has had a operation cause she had her hernia taken out but how can we clean her when she has a wee cause it smells under there

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Kell
Maltese
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Nasal Discharge

Hi I was actually looking to adopt this dog. He is injured and I want to save him, however, I don't know if it will be within my price range to fix him up. This is the describe of his condition. Please please let me know around how much it will cost to fix him up. Thank you so much.
Medical Summary 04/11/17 DVM Intake Exam Estimated age: 3 yrs Microchip scan neg. History : Stray dog found last night, appeared to have injuries. Subjective: Observed Behavior – Calm, gentle, friendly. Allows all handling. Objective: BARH. mm=pink, moist, CRT<2 s. HR=140, RR=24. BCS=5/9. ORAL: Mild calculus. EENT: OD – scleral hemorrhage. Mild pink tinged nasal discharge, R>L. No frank hemorrhage from nose. AU- Blood on pinnae and in ear canals. H/L: Lungs clear, no dyspnea. No murmurs/arrhythmias. ABD: Soft, non-painful, no masses/organomegaly palpable. UG: Intact male, both testicles palpable. MS: Amb x 4, no lameness. No palpable limb fractures. INTEG: Multiple puncture wounds over right side of face, both ears. Mod. amount of dried blood over head and face, front limbs. Mild soft swelling dorsal to OD. Small mats over limbs, unkempt haircoat. A: Multiple wounds, suspicious for bite wounds. Will need further exploration and treatment under sedation. P: Hydromorphone 2 mg/ml 0.3 ml SQ administered. Sedated with Dexdomitor 0.4 ml IM. Convenia 80 mg/ml 0.58 ml SQ administered. Rimadyl 50 mg/ml 0.5 ml SQ administered. Shaved affected areas of ears, head, neck, cranial right shoulder. Cleaned all puncture wounds with dilute chlorhexidene solution. Majority of wounds are on the right side: base of right ear, ventral to OD, cranial right shoulder, dorsal R cervical area, R lat face and near commissure of lips, R dorsal head. Has moderate soft tissue swelling right ventral cervical area. No bruising identified but mild to mod. erythema over affected regions. These wounds are consistent with bite wounds from another animal. While recovering from sedation, shaved mats on ventrum and distal limbs. No antisedan administered – recovered well from sedation. Continue Rimadyl 25 mg PO q 24 hours x 7 days (start tomorrow). Hydromorphone 0.3 ml SQ BID x 2 days. Start Baytril 22.7 mg 1.25 tabs PO q 24 hours x 10 days. Good prognosis. Temporary waiver from neuter surgery due to injuries.
Weight 12.8

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It’s great that you’re wanting to adopt Kell; it seems like he has had a bad time of it and would do well in a loving environment. From what I have read, it seems like the injuries are superficial and would be treated well with good nursing care. The Veterinarian at the shelter doesn’t seem too alarmed by the analysis given; I haven’t examined Kell, but there is nothing too serious that jumps out, it would be best to speak with the Veterinarian at the shelter to get a better picture of Kell’s overall health and whether additional care is needed. Price wise varies according to location etc… again, they may be able to advise you better; dental work probably will be required so that should be considered too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Black Labrador
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding when walking

My dog stepped in in a patch of sticks today and one of them punctured her leg. Very small puncture wound, maybe 1/4 inch. She bled a lot and we cleaned it with water and put a bandage on It with a wound ointment for cattle and dog wounds. The bleeding stopped but when she gets up and walks with any sort of excitement (she is a very high energy girl) it starts bleeding again. Will it stop bleeding if she sleeps overnight or Is this something that will need medical attention?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any large wound (especially one which would be dirty from stepping on something outdoors) should be seen by your Veterinarian to clean up, bandage and to receive some antibiotics. There are many nasty infections which may cause some complications which may cause delay in healing, systemic infection or toxins in the blood stream. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sage
Whippet
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Dog bite

My dog was bitten on the head by another dog today. there is a small small puncture wound with very little blood, six hours later it seems as if he has a small amount of swelling around the wound and the top of his nose. would this be normal for another dog bite or should I be worried as its the top of his head

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dog bites can become infected very quickly. Sage should be seen by your veterinarian as soon as possible to be evaluated, make sure that no more damage has been done, and get treatment for that wound. I hope that he is okay.

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Runty
Chaweenie
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
Bloody

My miniature Mixed Chihuahua/weenie dog got in a fight with our regular size Weenie dog and has a huge gash in the side of his neck and a part of his eye on the corner is torn. This has happened before and we put peroxide on it and he seems to heal fine after a few days this seems a little more serious But we do not have the money to go to a vet. We absolutely love our animals and have him laying with us petting him non stop and we cleaned the wound and we are keeping it dry. I feel out of options to help him out more though.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from visiting a Veterinarian which I recommend you do regardless of cost; keeping the wounds clean and free of debris are the only course of action I can recommend. If the corner of the eye is damaged it may need to be sutured to ensure that there isn't any further problems. Peroxide may cause a delay in healing some wounds due to capillary damage and is no longer recommended. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I bought bactine spray and we poured it on a dry clean cloth and gently wiped or patted his neck and eye. Our other weenie dog that started the fight (sparky) is always so aggressive, but only towards Runty. He gets mad if he is even in his site and my husbands first reaction is to go to the fridge and offer treats so they won't fight. I tell him that it is not a good thing to do to stop them from fighting simply because he is basically training them to have aggressive behavior towards each other will lead to a treat. Is there anything we can do to tame his aggressive behavior down?


We are a family that has lost everything from hurricane Harvey and it has just been a disaster and chaos trying to get our lives back together and this was just another thing we have to worry about so I really appreciate your response!

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Brantley
Mixed maybe daughtsen, pit
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and soreness

My dog got in a fight with another dog today An he was bite on his left front paw I can see one puncture wound on his leg just a small pin hole An believe there is anotheron bottom of his paw was small amount of bleeding but it is swollen now An he can't put any weight on it it has been 8hours now any advice please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to visit your Veterinarian to examine the wound and to get some antibiotics to prevent secondary infection. Keep the wound clean by bathing in dilute chlorhexidine and rinsing thoroughly. But visiting your Veterinarian for antibiotics and an examination in the most important step. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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yoda
Chiweenie
4 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

bite wounds

my chiweenie got bitten by another dog the other night and he now has 2 wounds on the back of his butt. ive been applying hydrogen peroxide and neospirin every few hours. will the wound heal on its own?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I wouldn’t use hydrogen peroxide as it can cause local tissue damage and can prolong wound healing in some cases; cleaning the area with dilute chlorhexidine and applying neosporin should help, however given Yoda’s age it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look and possibly get some antibiotics if it gets worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

my dog was attacked by another dog on the face . he cried at that moment but no blood aur swelling is there. what should i do ?

i have a 5 month boxer and a 5year old lab. my lab bit the puppy on the bottom of neck. i noticed after 1 day, he developed a large ball under his neck. abcess??

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Zoey
Small Mixed
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture wound

My little dog that weighs 5.7 lbs was bitten by our larger dog. She has 2 puncture wound on her right side behind her front leg and right above that.my vet tech friend came and shaved the wound area and irrigated the wounds, the solution came out the bottom when it was put in the top. She flushed the wound well, she advised that we would need to continue flushing the wound 3 times a day for a week so it heals from the inside out. Everything I am reading says to keep the are clean and covered. She is going to get antibiotic as well. Can I just keep the wound clean and covered or do I need to squirt the solution through the wounds? Thanks in advance

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bite wounds which are treated quickly and do not puncture the thoracic wall generally have a good prognosis; I would just keep that area clean, free of debris and cover it if possible. A systemic antibiotic would also be needed too once your friend brings it; if the wounds start to leak or change colour you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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bully
local
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sneezing with pus and blood from nose

Medication Used

megapain

my dog has wound in upper jaw inside mouth. it had created a pathway from mouth to nose. when he start to eat the food gets inside nose through that wound and he starts to sneeze frequently with pus and blood from nose. there is a hole made by wound inside the mouth and i can see tissues infected. how should i start the treatement please help..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This isn’t something which can be treated at home, also the defect will put Bully at risk of aspiration pneumonia; the hole will need to be closed surgically as a hole that size in that location isn’t suitable for self healing. It would be irresponsible for me to recommend any other course of action for Bully except to visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My two pits fought today and my 8 yr old Tinkerbell got a puncture wound on her nose, her face is swelled up three times it's normal size. I poured wawater over her face and there are tiny air bubbles coming out of the gash on her nose. I am going to have my husband take her to the vet in the morning. Should I expect surgery?

Are you kidding me?!? You have to ask about how to start treatment?? You don’t need to even own a dog! What a moron.

Are you kidding me?!? You have to ask about how to start treatment?? You don’t need to even own a dog! What a moron.

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Deik
Pit
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Poor energy
Poor Appetite

My about 6yrs of has puncture wounds his back leg. Smells and ozzy swollen and put pressure on it his private area is what looks to be blistered how do i treat at home? Ive called vets and they wont him or give any info to treat and/or they are closed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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At home, care would consist of supportive care including cleaning the wound with dilute chlorhexidine and then applying an antibiotic ointment (Neosporin for example). Depending on the cause of the puncture wound (snake bite), emergency care may be required; but as a minimum keep the area free from dirt and debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skyy
pit bull terrier
8 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog was bit by another dog on her leg it’s alittle swollen and have some hanging skin and liquid, the wounds doesn’t seem like their infected but she can’t barely walk and won’t let me clean her really good, what concern me the most in between her leg and chest have red ish. Should I take her to the vet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to take Skyy to your Veterinarian for an examination, in the meantime you should make sure that the wounds are cleaned with a dilute antiseptic. Fluid accumulation around a bite wound isn’t uncommon, but without being able to examine her it would be best to have her checked over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Penny
Jack Russell Terrier
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Decrease in appetite and thirst

My dog was bit by another dog near her throat but all the way to the side. She doesn’t wanna eat or drink and I can’t afford to take her to the vet. She can barely walk. The bleeding stopped and I’ve already cleaned her up. Applied some ointment. I’m really worried. What should I do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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NessaAumua, thanks for contacting us about Penny. I'm sorry that happened to her. One of the problems with dog bite wounds is that they can get infected very quickly, as well as cause significant pain. It is good that she isn't continuing to bleed, but she really does need to see a veterinarian to have the wound looked at get medications for pain and infection. if the wound is larger than what will heal on it's own, she may need more care than that as well. Many veterinarians offer a 'first visit free' that you could take advantage of, as well, most veterinarians take Care Credit to help pay for costs of treatment. There are other options for payment as well, depending on where you take her. Hopefully you are able to call and find a clinic that offers these services and get her taken care of so that she can heal.

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Sorro
Chihuahua
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Shaking
Weakness
can't walk
Puncture wound
Loss of Appetite

My dog got bit by another dog has a large puncture wound on his back he can walk but very slowly and painfully his side also hurt and as loss of appetite. He has staples to heal the wound but wondering if there is any internal damage and what signs to look for

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It will be difficult to assess the extent of the injury whilst there is still swelling present; a larger dog biting a chihuahua on the spine can be quite serious, an x-ray of the spine may be useful to assess any possible long term damage. At this time, it is a case of restricting movement and offering supportive care. Things to look out for is an unusual gait, pain when standing or lying down, hind limb weakness or arching of the back. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Belle
pitbull
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sore leg

I'm not sure what exactly bit my dog but she has a small wound on her leg that she is not putting pressure on. I flushed it with saline and bandaged it up to protect the wound from dirt and bacteria. She seems fine other than her leg hurting her so I'm trying to decide if I should take her to the vet or just keep a close eye.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dogs get small bites from other dogs, animals and insects which normally are nothing to worry about; you should be concerned if the margins of the wound are open (i.e: not touching), there is oozing or there is dark discolouration of the skin. If you suspect that Belle may have been bitten by something poisonous visit your Veterinarian immediate and if you think it may even be a bite from a non-venomous snake a course of antibiotics to prevent secondary infection is recommended. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Apollo
Silver Labrador
7 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pain,distant, swelling, pretty sure he has a fever

My pup got bitten on the face today. He has a small puncture under his eye and one in his jaw. His face has swollen bad. His eye is almost swollen shut. He won't eat or drink. Just lays still and very distant. He did try to lick me but whined in pain. He is in pain and whines even in his sleep. I called my local vet he said to put cold compression on it if he will allow me to. Of course he won't let me. I'm worried he's only 7 weeks old

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly ensure that all wounds are clean and free of debris, afterwards it would be best to visit your Veterinarian rather than just calling them up; Apollo will require some antiinflammatories (for pain and to make Apollo more comfortable) and possibly some antibiotics to prevent against secondary infection (especially if there are deep wounds). At seven weeks old, Apollo shouldn’t be socialising with other dogs until he has been fully vaccinated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Madison
Labrador Retriever
9yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My lab went under a shrub,which I don't know what kind and has all these puncture wound all over and they seem to come a head and break open and bleed and scab over. I call her pox as she looks like chicken pox. She is in no pain.raised

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you haven’t already, it is important to keep the puncture wounds clean, if there are a large number it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for a course of antibiotics to be on the safe side. Generally regular bathing and keeping the wounds free of debris is the best course of action but Madison may be open to a possible secondary infection. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jeffrey
pitbull
12 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Green goo

My 12 week old puppy got bit by his dad on the nose. Within 6 hours he has green goo coming from the puncture. He was swollen and is now fine . Recommended treatment?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Puppies have very poor immune systems and are very susceptible to infection, also traumatic wounds to soft tissue around the nasal cavity need to be assessed as they may cause problems in the future. You should visit your Veterinarian as this isn’t something to treat from home; but until you go, keeps the area clean by wiping away any discharge that may be present and put some neosporin on the area to protect the wound; but please visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rover
American Bulldog
19 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog got loose and came back home with bloody paws and bite marks after cleaning him up it's a small cut on his paw ...at first he wouldn't put pressure on his leg and wouldn't eat or move...he started eating and walked to the door to go to the bathroom but he is still limping a little..gave him a penicillin shot and cleaned him with betadine right after he came home..should I take him to the vet or wait it out

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I cannot recommend the use of antibiotics or any prescription medications without having examined Rover first; it is important to keep any wound clean and to prevent Rover from licking at it, you may be able to use a topical antibiotic ointment (like Neosporin) but again make sure he doesn’t lick it. I would recommend visit your Veterinarian as you have given some penicillin and they may prescribe a course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Hops
Mutt
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Medication Used

Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My dog was bitten 7 days ago on her side. She had one puncture wound and saw our vet the next day. Was prescribed antibiotics and pain meds, but the wound now has major swelling around it; it is not hard, feels like fluid. The wound itself is not oozing and seems to be drying up. Does she need to be seen again or is this fluid that will be reabsorbed? She still has 2 days left of antibiotics.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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My main question is: if this happened to your child, would you taken them to your Family Physician? The swelling may still just be a response to the trauma and will go down with time; if the wounds are unusually warm, it would be best to revisit your Veterinarian but otherwise a wait and see approach can be taken. If you are concerned or you see something worrying, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Miniature Fox Terrier
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

Hi my dog was attacked by our other dogs, we weren't home. Max was sore and sorry for himself for a day, was a bit swollen but ok. Still eating and drinking. Three days later he's really swollen, still getting around and eating and drinking. Was taken to vet on day of attack. Wounds were cleaned and he was given antibiotics. I'm a bit worried as his penis and testicles are really badly swollen but seems more uncomfortable than in pain. Still going to toilet fine. Am I just being an over protective mother? Or is another visit to the vet needed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dog attacks on other dogs can be highly traumatic physically and emotionally; it will take some time for Max to recover. If you are noticing the swelling of the testicles and penis as a new symptom I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian as complications, especially affecting the penis can cause lasting damage (like phimosis). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thankfully the swelling has started to go down slowly. I think it may have just needed to run its course. I'll be keeping a close eye on it and we will return to the vet if it gets any worse. Thank u so much for your advice. Was very helpful and relieved my worries.

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Nala
Pitt Mix
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Face swelling
looks of pain
Wants to lay around a lot
slight twitching when snout is touched
Frequently closing eyes

My dog's face became swollen again after being outside. My mother was watching her the entire time and she just all of a sudden had two small puncture wounds on her snout, that were to far apart to be snake bites and blood coming out of them. This has happened before very recently and the vet said she would flinch if she had been bitten but she has always been a strong dog. She has began emitting a snorting noise for a few seconds andwe gave her some allergy medicine but her face continued to swell up.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Nala’s face continues to swell up it would be advisable to visit your Veterinarian for a once over; whilst the spacing of the wounds may be too far apart for a single snake bit it is possible that it is two snake bites where only one fang was involved both times. Metal objects, wood, other debris, fighting with another dog among other things could be to blame. Bathe the wounds regularly, but I advise visiting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bru
American Bulldog
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Cephalexin 500 mg ,aspirin
Cephalexin

How can I tell if my dog ( female American bulldog) bite wound from another dog ,( that I just adopted male) is healing properly?
The Vet trimmmed fur cleaned wound out ,gave me antibiotics and aspirin everyb12 hours,also pure a mesh tShirt like) to hold sterilized pad in place
Also I was instructed to clean with peroxide.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I do not like the use of peroxide on skin wounds as some studies have shown that it can delay healing by damaging capillaries in the skin, common dilute antiseptics are usually sufficient; also high doses of aspirin have also been shown to delay healing of skin wounds. With a bite wound, you should see it slowly closing over time; many wounds are open with no wound margins touching together which means that healing will take a long time; slow and steady progress is a good indicator of wound healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Beagle
5 Years
Fair condition
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Hi so today I had taken my dog for a walk and realised that he had a small lump/bubble on the back of his neck. When we returned home I cut off the hair surrounding the lump and it burst, orange pus started to come out of the wound and once majority of pus exited (as well as some blood) the wound there was one large/medium sized puncture wound. What steps can I make without causing more harm to the area and fixing the problem as I have no idea what caused the wound and not available to go to the vet as soon as possible.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to keep the area clean and free of debris, cleaning with dilute chlorhexidine would be best (don’t use peroxide) and prevent Jack from licking the area; applying a topical antibiotic ointment like Neosporin may help create a barrier but may slow down healing. A check by your Veterinarian would be best as Jack may require systemic antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Maltese x
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gagging
Coughing

Medication Used

antibiotic
Pain relief

Max was bitten by a large dog. He was thrown around by only his neck. He has a number of large wounds to his neck. The vet has removed all the dying tissue and had to shave some muscle back and leave the wound open. He has been drinking but not eating. He constantly coughs and gags, more so after drinking. I’m thinking maybe his throat got punctured? And is possibly infected also. What’s the procedure to find out the cause of the cough and what will the treatment be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The coughing and gagging may be due to injury to his trachea or larynx, it is important to speak with your Veterinarian about the coughing as there isn’t any diagnostic methods you can try at home. Maltese dogs among other smaller breed dogs are prone to tracheal disorders which may have been aggravated by this event, again you would need to discuss with your Veterinarian; if the trachea itself was punctured, we may expect to see air under the skin on the neck. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jane
Pit bull
5 1/2
Mild condition
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My dog had puppies about a week ago and today while she was feeding i noticed there is a tear on one of her breast. it isnt close to the nipple but up closer towards her belly. She doesnt seem to be in any pain shes still feeding and paying close attention to her puppies! I do not see any kind of infection at all but i am concerned. I have never seen anything like this before. I do not have the money to take her to the vet at this moment. It isnt green or infected looking. I just want to know exactly what I can do for her or if this is a must need to take her to the vet! I am not sure what do in this situation I tried looking it up but all I seen was stuff on mastis and i do not think this is it! She is doing extremely well on her feeding them! Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is away from the mammary glands, I would suggest bathing it three times per day with dilute chlorhexidine and observe for any improvement; if it looks deep and wide, I would suggest having your Veterinarian take a look at it to be on the safe side. I generally tell people if the wound is large enough that you would visit a Doctor if it was on your child, you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Girly
Collie
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

drinking and eating just a little
Non weight baring unless balancing
No urinating/pooping
Not Moving

My dog got shot 3 days ago; her leg was really swollen and hard. We took her to the vet which is where we found out she had been shot; well they took her X-ray no broken bones but a large area of fluid/air and so she was put on anti inflammatory meds and antibiotics; I just went to feel if the swelling went down and when I push on it, it leaves indents in her skin..like my finger sinks down where it was hard before.. is this normal/okay?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is ‘normal’, when I say normal I mean that when there is fluid accumulation in a limb for example, it may cause this type of bread dough consistency when you press it with your thumb or finger. This is just an accumulation of fluid; you should visit your Veterinarian again to see if they want to add any other medication to help; because of the gunshot wound, it is difficult to recommend any passive leg movement therapy as I haven’t made and examination and don’t know if it will cause more harm. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bailey
Husky/ German Shepard
3 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My puppy was bitten this morning by a neighbors dog. There’s only 2 small puncture like wounds on her front right leg and I’ve washed and put an antibiotic ointment on it. She’s been sleeping on and off and hasn’t been acting her usual self. She also hasn’t eaten anything either. Is it normal for a puppy to act like this after being bitten?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pain from a bite can cause a dog to be less active and may cause them to have a reduction in mobility and a loss of appetite; it is important to bathe the wounds twice per day and apply an antibiotic ointment to the wounds to help prevent against secondary infection. You should keep an eye on it, but if the loss of appetite continues or the wound doesn’t heal you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chase
Chihuahua
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Swelling, bleeding, wound,skin open
Swelling

My Dog was bitten by a pit on the neck and leg/abdomen. I would say it's Moderat too serious. His neck has about a 3" gash. His back leg near his genetals is swelling, it looks like a ball but is very soft. I cleaned the wounds and bandaged him up so he couldn't lick himself. I will continue to clean his wounds. Is there anything else I can do at home? The swollen ball thing is worrying me I just don't have the funds to take him to an ER. Your input is appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With wounds like this, regular bathing with a dilute antiseptic is the best course of action and applying an ophthalmic ointment to the wounds may help as well; ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as well as some pain relief when they open today since I cannot judge the severity of the wounds without an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
German Shepherd
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bite wound
Puncture Wound
Open wound

Hi i have 2 dogs my older Staffy x has bitten my German Shepherd x on the face near her eye it has torn the skin slightly but not to much i have cleaned it with saline solution and dried it. Is their anything else that i could be doing to help the healing process? How long will it take before it heals up? Thank You Bianca

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In this case, it would be best to bathe the wound with a dilute antiseptic twice per day and apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin to the wound. Healing time will vary depending on how deep and wide the wound is, but it shouldn’t take longer than a few weeks; if you notice swelling or draining from the wound visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ben
Maltese x
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Infection
Dead tissue
Open wound

Medication Used

Antibiotics and Pain killers

Hi,
My dog got bitten on Thursday around the neck. He was sent home with stitches and drains. His wound turned black, hard and smelly. The vet ended up having taken a lot of dead tissue leaving a large open wound. The vet has told me he may need multiple surgeries to get it all as it was so severe it may return but his odds of survival aren’t certain. In your medical opinion is this procedure the correct way to go about it? I don’t want him to suffer severely but I don’t want to lose hope. I just want to be doing the right thing without being selfish.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to remove dead tissue as it is a festering ground for bacteria and will not allow the wound to heal; by debriding the wound, there are fresh wound margins which have a better chance to heal. Regular bathing with a dilute antiseptic and treatment with antibiotics is important to get the best possible result; if there is no improvement and more skin becomes necrotic, then a culture and sensitivity test should be done. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

The vet is concerned about the constant cough he has and is worried he may have a puncture wound and is hoping it’s not infected. What will be done if this is an issue?

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Libby
Miniature Schnauzer
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My miniature Schnauzer was bitten in the back by a begal mix 7 days ago and we took her in and she has been doing fine until today. She seems to be fine emotionally but right in the middle of the four puncture wounds it started to swell. She is still on antibiotics and the only thing I can think of is she went under my bed yesterday and it's a tight fit and it irritated it. Should I give it a day or two or take her in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling may occur around the bite wound due to inflammation and irritation; it important to keep the wounds clean and to give the antibiotics prescribed by your Veterinarian. I would keep an eye on the area, but if the swelling continues or you see no improvement in the level of swelling or healing of the puncture wounds then you should return to your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zues
American bully
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling scaring

My dog got bite by another dog in the neck area, there is a large area of swelling , and there is other areas around the neck that are soft and jelly as if there is internal bleeding... It happened a few days ago it seems the jelly soft areas are improving..but the swelling seems to remain ,I can't afford to take my dog into the vet what can I do at home in the mean time ? Is he going to be okay ? He doesn't seems to be eating or drinking less , maybe a little bit less active...but still wagging a tail and such .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Zeus is otherwise alright, I would recommend that you clean the puncture wounds twice daily and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area to be on the safe side; swelling may take some time to go down and any ‘jelly’ like areas would improve when the body absorbs the blood/lymph/etc… back into the blood circulation. If the swelling doesn’t improve or you notice the area becoming infected, you should visit a Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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HAWK
Chihuahua
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My dog was attacked by a larger dog about ten days ago and he had about five puncture wounds. Three of the wounds have healed nicely. One of the wounds is rather large about 3 inches and open. He was taken to the vet twice and we have been cleaning the wounds with antiseptic cloths provided by the vet. He was also given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. The wound does not seem to be getting better. How long does a large open wound usually take to heal? His appetite is great and he does not seem to be in pain, just feeling discouraged by the progress.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Small wounds heal much faster, especially when their edges are opposed and in contact; larger wounds can take much longer to heal as the mechanism of healing is different and more time consuming. I would continue to keep the wound clean and give the prescribed medication as directed by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/special-pet-topics/emergencies/wound-management

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Princess
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog got bit in her paw last night by another dog. She has a small puncture would and I have cleaned the wound out, shaved most of the surrounding hair, and applied neosporin to the wound. She does have swelling to her wrist/dewclaw area and has not beared weight on the limb yet. I am able to move it around without her whimpering. I'm more worried about the swelling, and if I should wait it out for one more day of get her checked by my vet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would always recommend to get any wound checked by your Veterinarian, but at a minimum make sure that the wound is cleaned regularly with a dilute antiseptic and to apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin to the area. Given the location of the bite, it would be best to get it checked as Princess may require systemic antibiotics or antiinflammatories. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Byron
Chihuahua Beagle Mix
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog was attacked by another dog last night. There is a very tiny puncture wound I can see underneath by his leg, which bled a tiny bit but now seems to be healed. Should I be concerned about infection still? I have a vet appointment, but wasn't sure if it is needed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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We should always be vigilant when it comes to infection from bite wounds, but as long as the wound is small and is cleaned regularly with a dilute antiseptic it should be OK; keep the appointment with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side but small wounds which are managed properly should heal nicely although if the wound changes colour, oozes or smells it would require further treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gunther
Dachshund
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My miniature dachshund got in a fight with my golden retriever mix last night and and has a gash on his face near his eye. There was no blood I could just see white inside the wound and it’s pretty deep but it might just be his hair that makes it look deep? I put iodine and neosporin on it immediately and this morning it is a little swollen. Do I need to go to the vet or do you think it’s okay to keep treating him keeping it clean?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is large enough that if it happened to a child would you take them to a Physician? If yes visit your Veterinarian. If the wound is deep, long or wide you should have the wound checked as it may require a suture or two to bring the margins together. In the meantime continue to clean with dilute iodine and apply Neosporin to the wound, systemic antibiotics may be required so a visit to your Veterinarian would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peanut
Pug/Lab mix
5 Years
Fair condition
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My dog got a puncture wound on his left upper shoulder area from a Dalmatian that was off leash and attacked him on our walk. I took him to the vet and they shaved and cleaned the wound. They gave him a shot for pain and penicillin shot as well as an oral antibiotic and oral pain medication. They told me to keep it clean (with warm wash rag and water) and uncovered. He's completed his antibiotics and he has his appetite back and seems back to his normal self. The wound isn't red or oozing and seems to be healing great. The only issue is I've noticed that it's swollen and it's hard all around the site. The swollen part covers the palm of my hand. It's not warm or hot to the touch. It's also a dark color which I believe is probably bruising. What could be causing the hard, swollen mass? If you're wondering, I'm taking him to the vet today at 4:30. I wanted to write this out to see what you might think is going on and if it's normal as well as help someone else who might be going through this same scenario. Thanks so much!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some swelling and bruising in the area may occur due to inflammation and bleeding before from the bite wound; whether or not this is normal it dependent on the amount of time since the injury. Generally if the wound is healing and there is no sign of oozing or excessive swelling (like an abscess), I would keep a close eye on it; but it is important to check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side as there may be some other issue going on especially if it has been longer than two weeks since the bite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
Chihuahua
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog lulu who has an over bite that had gotten into a fight with another dog now has a hole back where the top and bottom jaw bone connect is there anything I can do at home to close the hole up and if there is any infection is there anything I can do to get rid of it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The specific structure affected would determine treatment and if there is an infection we would need to ensure that antibiotics are prescribed meaning you would need to visit your Veterinarian. Without examining the wound, I cannot say how it should be treated; if the wound is outside of the mouth near the temporomandibular joint you should keep the area clean with dilute chlorhexidine and apply Neosporin to the wound; if the wound is inside the oral cavity you should consider visiting your Veterinarian regardless of cost, not everything can be treated at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Vega
pitbull
5 yrs old
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My pitbull was attacked about 4 days ago by another large dog. That dog had a hold on my dogs neck for almost a minute before we could get them apart. My dog suffered some bite marks in September real spots around neck. There wasn't much blood so we applied an antibiotic immediately. Now days later the hair on top of the wounds has fallen out and the sores are still open and fresh looking. What should we do? Dog still has energy and is eating and playing but wounds look nasty.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the original wounds are still open from september, you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as intervention may be required; the new wounds if they are deep or wide may require suturing closed. It is important to keep the wounds clean and keep them protected with an antibiotic ointment, but systemic antibiotics may be required; without seeing the wounds and seeing the depth of the wounds I cannot advise you any further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tana
Rhodesian Ridgeback
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My Rhodesian Ridgeback is about 7 months old she was bit on the back, towards the rear. She has one small puncture mark, maybe 1/4 of an inch wide. I put pressure, cleaned the area and applied an antibiotic. Is this a good course of action? Should it heal on it own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A quarter inch wide wound will take a while to heal especially if the wound is deep; if the wound is deep it may require suturing closed by your Veterinarian, but your initial first aid of cleaning the wound and applying a topical ointment (I assume like Neosporin) was a good first step. I would still recommend your Veterinarian take a look to be on the safe side to check the wound and possibly get some systemic antibiotics if they deem fit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kovu
Boxerdoodle
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My puppy had a 1 inch long cut on his hine leg. It’s not bloody but it does appear red. I’m guessing since he licks it. We wash it with warm water and keep it dry. Should I take him to the vet or just try to let it heal on it’s on ? If I let it heal on it’s on what are some better ways to take care of it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the cut I cannot say how serious it is, however if you are unsure or the wound is deep it would be best to have your Veterinarian take a look at it especially since it may require sutures; generally I say if the wound was on a child, would you go to your Family Physician? Cleaning can be done with dilute chlorhexidine and place a cone on Kovu to stop licking, but the wound may still need some antibiotics from your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Echo
Border Collie Lakeland
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Exposed flesh
Puncture Wound

Hi and thanks for your time in advance. I took my dog on his daily walk in the woods. I did not see it happen but he came back to me with what I assume is a puncture wound smaller than dime sized from a stick on his face between his eyes. It did not bleed but it does look a little deep. I cleaned it gently with a rag damp with warm water. Will this heal on its own or do we need a vet visit? It doesnt seem to bother him at all and he did not mind me cleaning it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to keep the area clean with a dilute antiseptic and to apply an antibiotic ointment to the area like Neosporin; with injuries like this from a forest/wood I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian in case a course of antibiotics are required. If the wound is very deep, it may need to be sutured closed or managed differently; keep an eye on it and see if you notice any improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Delilah
Shar-Pei beagle
7 Years
Fair condition
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My dog Delilah was either nicked by our other dog, or her claw on the top left (to the dog) side of her head. No blood, some clear sticky stuff and a scab have happened. This morning I noticed she reopened the cut. It's maybe 1/8" deep and approximately 1/2- 3/4" long.
Should she be seen by a vet, or is salt water irrigation and clipping the hair a good solution? I have the e-collar on her now to hopefully prevent this from getting worse.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend you visiting your Veterinarian especially if the wound margins are open; your Veterinarian may flush the wound and may place a suture or two if necessary. Your Veterinarian may also prescribe some antibiotics to be on the safe side which is important with these types of wounds. Make sure that the wound is cleaned daily with a dilute antiseptic (don’t use peroxide) and make sure she cannot scratch (with the cone) as well as applying Neosporin in the meantime so that the wound stay clear of debris. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dolly
Morkie
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Puncture Wound
Shaking

My morkie was bit by a large dog. She has a superficial wound on her back and a gash near the right side of her front leg. I bathed her and cleaned the wound with iodine and wrapped it with a clean cloth. She has been hiding under my bed and doesn't want any treats, but she has allowed me to hold her for a bit. The wound is still bleeding (not too much, though). How often should I treat the wound and should I be alarmed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is concerning if the bleeding hasn’t stopped, it may be that the wound is large, deep or may have hit a blood vessel. Dolly hiding is most likely a response to the trauma and pain, but I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian for an examination since the bleeding hasn’t stopped. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Diesel
Shepard mix
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

Simplicef, Rimaeyl

My dog was bit two nights ago by a neighbors dog in the back of his neck. I took him to the vet immediately and he received several stitches and a drain in the wound and had to spend the night in the hospital. He's eating and drinking fine just kind of seems bumped out understandably. I took his cone off for a little bit while I sat in the room with him so he could relax and I noticed his neck drooping. At first I thought maybe the cone was too tight and it was from having it on him for over 24 hours but I felt it and it does feel like it might have fluid in it and now I'm freaking out worried about him and already have some hefty vet bills. Please help, should I take him back to the vet or give it some time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little bit of swelling or fluid around the neck is not unusual in these cases and the fluid generally will reabsorb into the body; however, if the fluid accumulation is excessive, it causes a problem with breathing or you have general concerns you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Nom
Toy Poodle
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture Wound

Hi, my toy poodle was bitten up by a big dog yesterday.
He got one to two puncture wounds and scratches over the body areas with bruises...
I bathed him
and apply medication to prevent infection . He seems fine so far, do I need to visit a vet for antibiotic ?

And what's the symptom if it get worse or better ?

Thank you in advance

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a large bite mark it would be best to visit your Veterinarian just to check it over especially if the teeth marks are deep from the canines. The initial first aid of bathing the wounds and scratches were a good first step and I assume you applied something like Neosporin to the affected areas? Generally if the wounds aren’t healing you would notice a change in colour and the wounds wouldn’t close; also any discharge would be worrying. I think you should still visit your Veterinarian to check the wounds and to get some pain relief if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sue
Cur dog
2 yrs old
Serious condition
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I had 2 of my dogs together in a dog box and heard some bicurring between them. Never noticed anything on them but the next day one of the dogs leg was swollen with what looks like a small bite wound. Ben giving her penicillin but it's getting more and more swollen going all the way up the leg now. And ever little fluid coming out

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Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the leg is swelling badly, you should visit your Veterinarian as other treatment may be required; was the penicillin from your Veterinarian? Or did you have some laying around? Was the bite from the other dog or from in insect (small bite wound)? In this case and the level of reaction you should visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Koda
Boxador
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Pain
SORENESS
Lethargy
Dead space

Medication Used

Hydrocodone
Neosporin

Great story, I was out talking to a local vet about shadowing them, as I'm a college student looking at veterinary science as a field of study. I returned home after 2 hours and my dog was injured. He has 4-6 puncture wounds on the underside of his neck, many scrapes and scratches and the skin is much looser/baggier than normal. I know there's blood filling the open pocket under his skin and it feels like some of the muscle is unattached and hanging with the skin. He is breathing perfectly normal as far as I can tell. He isn't in too much pain, just seems sore. And he's eating and drinking fine, maybe even a little more drinking than what he usually does. My main concern is infection. I know taking him to the vet is ideal but I'm already neck deep in student loans, I really can't afford to take him. I've already administered a dose of pain medication, cleaned the wound, assisted the draining of fluid, and put an antibiotic ointment on the areas. Any guidence would be much appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Apart from having Koda checked by a Veterinarian, the only over advice really is what you’ve already done. However, if you gave Koda aspirin, stop; aspirin is an anticoagulant and can prevent bleeding from clotting. Also, any blood or fluid that isn’t drained will be absorbed by the body overtime so regular draining isn’t necessary unless directed by your Veterinarian as introduction of secondary infection is a risk. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baxter
Labrador Retriever
1 Year
Mild condition
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My one year old Labrador got bitten about two days ago on his lower back. There is two puncture wounds, we shaved some of the hair around that area and cleaned it with a saline solution. But now he doesn't want to eat or drink anything, it seems like he struggling to walk and he also doesn't want to lay down, his breathing is also really heavy which concerns me a lot. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Baxter may be in pain which is causing him to be less active, have a decreased appetite and increased respiratory rate; you should clean the wound with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the wounds to provide a barrier to infection. However, if the puncture wounds are deep, wide, changing colour, oozing or smell you should visit your Veterinarian immediately; it would also be best to visit your Veterinarian anyway to examine the wounds and to provide pain relief and/or antibiotics as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Apollo
American Bulldog
3 Years
Fair condition
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Dog got bit on the neck and left side of his face and now it feels like a sack of fluid has formed that is sagging just behind the jaw. Will the swelling go away with time or is this a more serious injury?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dog bites can become infected quite quickly, and Apollo should be seen by your veterinarian to have the area assessed and get any medication that he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Athena
Shepherd mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog got in a scuffle with one of my other dogs she has two very small wounds on either side of her leg but she has started limping and it is swollen could this be just from the contact with teeth I am 4 hrs from home and I don’t know what to do... it doesn’t seem infected I’m wondering if it’s just swollen because she was bitten not from infection help please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The body can swell in response to the trauma from a bit without there being an infection in the safe way an injury without a wound may swell too; it is important to keep the wounds clean using a dilute antiseptic and apply an antibiotic ointment to the wounds as well to create a barrier against infection. If you notice the wounds changing colour, swelling too much, oozing or any other concerning symptoms you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thanx a lot Doc, we just got a dog and we don't have money for the vet. It has the same symptoms as Athena has explained. Can you recommend the ointment and where can we get it? We love the dog and is now part of the family, this is a new journey for us. We are even considering to take medical aid for it.

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Shadow
terrier
3 Days
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

SORENESS
Puncture Wound
Swelling

My dogs got into a fight about 5 days ago. My smaller dog ended up with two small puncture wounds, one to the top of the head and one to the neck. We cleaned them up with a warm salt-water solution and triple antibiotic ointment. The o e o. The top of his head has scabbard over and is healing nicely. The one on his neck was healing nicely, but today I noticed that it had swelled and no looks slightly infected. I had kept it wrapped toctry to help prevent infection, but I fear that actually caused irritation and help the Infection. He is eating and playing normally now. The first day or so he didn’t eat much, but now he is back to normal when eating/drinking/playing. We are cleaning it once a day and putting ointment on it one-two times a day, and giving him dog Tylenol for pain when needed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Shadow. He will need to be seen by your veterinarian to have treatment for the bite wounds. Dog bite wounds can get infected very quickly, and usually need oral antibiotics to prevent infection. Also, Tylenol can be very hard on dog's systems - they don't handle it as well as people do, and it can cause intestinal bleeding and kidney problems, so it would be a good idea to stop giving that medication. I'm not sure if Shadow is actually 3 days old, but if so, it would be important to get care for him quickly, as they can be overcome by infection more quickly than older dogs. I hope that he recovers well.

Hello,

We plan on taking him to our vet tomorrow. He is still eating and very playful, so we believe he can wait it out until the morning with regular cleaning and antibiotics. I am not sure why it said 3 days old, but he is 3 years old. Also he is not getting human grade Tylenol, rather the dog safe equivalent. Thank you so much!

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Mater
American Bulldog
1 Year
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Pain in back legs

Hi my dog got into a fight with another dog the only thing he came out with was a small puncture to his lip. Swelling has gone down today but its been 3 days since the fight and all of the sudden he doesnt want to bear weight on his back legs and acts in pain.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since I cannot examine Mater, it would be best to have him evaluated by your veterinarian to see what is goin on with him, and what treatment he may need. I hope that he is okay.

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Frank
Pit bull
4 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

He is behaving normal

My pit bull has a puncture wound on his chest it was small, it was pussing a little bit. Ive been cleaning it and it has stopped pussing. It looks like the whole is getting bigger rather then healing.. its been about a week now.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Frank, I cannot determine what might be happening with that wound, but if it seems to be getting bigger and not healing, he should see his veterinarian to have it assessed. They will be able to determine if it is a problem, or if you need to give him any medications. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Callie
Chiweenie
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding

My sisters big hunting dog attacked our little chi weenie she has a puncture wound on her throat we wrapped it and set her in a basket with a blanket she’s not really moving too much need to know what to do

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Callie has a puncture wound around her throat you should have your Veterinarian examine her since there are many important structures in the throat including glands, blood vessels and the trachea so a visit for a thorough examination would be the best and safest step to take. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Yorkshire Terrier
10 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Hernia

Medication Used

Metacam

my dog has had an operation how do we clean her cause she had her hernia taken out but we are unsure of giving her a bath or anything with the stitches, the stiches are healing and we are taking her to the vets in a couple of days

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Typically, we try not to bathe dogs after surgery until the sutures are removed. You can use a dry shampoo or scented pet wipe if she seems to be getting dirty, but you should avoid bathing until you have her seen for her recheck. I hope that she heals well!

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Chloe
Dachshund
4 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

none

About 4 days ago I noticed my dog licking her paw. I checked her out and she has a small puncture wound on the bottom of her back foot by her paw. I’ve been cleaning the area daily and putting neosporin on it and keeping a bandage on it. She continues to eat through the bandages daily just to get to the sore, she does this at night while everyone is asleep. It’s not healing at all just looks the same as when I noticed it. I’ve even super glued the wound shut and she ate through that as well. Am I doing something wrong or should I be doing more for her? It only seems to hurt her when I’m cleaning it and all each day but walks on it fine.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If the wound doesn't seem to be improving with your home care - it might be time to see your veterinarian. The wound may need further medications that your veterinarian can prescribe for you after they have assessed the wound. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Jude
pitbull boxer mix
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Little fever

My girls got into earlier and one has a puntcure or wound not big not deep that i can tell. But has been lightly bleeding for around 6 hours on and off. Normal? What should i do can i do? I thought it was her tongue till she just let me actually look.. now im freaking. Not a vet but is my baby so been next to watching her whole time and not sure if heart beat is normal and breathing seems to be changing in sleep.. but no wounds anywhere but mouth area and they are little. Can tell shes in pain

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pain may cause an increase in heart rate and respiratory rate (heart rate: 70-120 breaths per minute; respiration rate: 18-34 breaths per minute); small wounds around the mouth can be difficult to manage as they are difficult to keep clean and may reopen easily. Without examining the wounds I cannot say whether they are to be concerned about or not, but you should visit your Veterinarian if you are concerned to take a look. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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zooka
pitbull
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw

Medication Used

droxicillan

my dog was attacked a few days ago on his back foot and it is swollen really bad and oozing clear stuff he can stand on it but alot of the days he holds it up a vet friend of mine told me to give him droxicillan bc i cant afford a vet bill but i dont know how bad it is any advice

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Bite wounds can get infected very quickly and be quite nasty. He should see a veterinarian to get treatment for that wound. Amoxicillin is not a very wide spectrum antibiotic, and may not be effective for a severe infection. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam', that you may be able to use to have him seen. I hope that he is okay.

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Benny
Pug
1 Year
Serious condition
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My dog Benny was bit 3days ago, next to his private area but not on. He stopped bleeding after I cleaned with saline water and hydrogen peroxide. The bite is now red and seems to me that his stomach appears to be sagging. Hes eating a little less but he eats and drinks water. Is there anything else I should do besides cleaning his bite with saline water? Will he be ok?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Dog bite wounds can get infected very quickly, and Benny may need to have antibiotics to help him heal. He should be seen by your veterinarian and be examined so that he is okay.

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Max
Maltese
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Shaking
Panting
Bleeding

My dog was bitten by our next door neighbors dog. He has two puncture wounds above he leg and on his side. He is also limping, panting, and shaking. Our vet is closed at least till tomorrow. What do I do until then to make sure nothing gets infected or injuried worse?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There aren't really any home remedies for infection or pain, and many OTC pain medications are toxic to dogs. Your veterinarian should have an after hours contact number on their answering machine so that you can have Max seen before tomorrow. I hope that he is okay.

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Banjo
Parson Russell Terrier
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen paw

My dog was bitten on paw 2 weeks ago , which resulted in a swelling pinkness and some bleeding to 1 toe, I took him to vets they checked him and gave me antibiotics and inflammatory/painkiller 7 days of each, altho there has been slight improvement he is still limping and toe is still pinkish and bit swollen, he has been panting more often since injury which is just an observation.
Could you tell me if this is normal and how long can it take to recover from this type of injury..

Thnx

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should be noticing improvement during and after treatment, if there has been little or no improvement over the past fortnight you should return to your Veterinarian for a check to be on the safe side. Without examining the paw myself I cannot say whether or not you should be concerned, but you should have seen some improvement since starting treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beauty
German Shepherd/black lab mix
7 Months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Sore
Bloody Saliva Discharge
Wounds stink
Painful look
Swelling

My uncles puppy got attacked and with her long fur we can’t see a puncture wound but her face has swelled up and bloody saliva is constantly draining slow from her mouth. And her neck and chin have blood on it but we can’t tell if it’s from her mouth wound or if she does have a puncture on her neck area. We don’t have the money to take her to the vet right now but I am making them take her to the vet Monday if she isn’t better by then. Please help!!!! I feel horrible because my pit attacked her and I could have put her inside when it all happened( beauty was outside and someone let my dog and her pups outside and she jumped beauty) and I’m super worried about her. We have given her some small ice pieces as they seem to make her feel a little better and I attempted to flush her wounds and wash her neck but her fur is decently thick so I’m unable to see any wounds other than the obvious mouth injury. I have been doing research since after 2 p.m, when it occurred, trying to find answers for what to do to help her (I’m only 14) and I hope that I can at least make sure she doesn’t get infected or something.... We have her in her kennel currently and I go and check on her frequently... Please help and thank you so much in advance! (Also I don’t know her exact age but I do believe she is around 7-8 months)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Beauty I am in the same situation as you as I cannot determine whether there are any puncture wounds and I cannot see inside her mouth to look for any signs of trauma. Getting veterinary attention sooner rather than later would be best since we do not know the extent of the injury; you should keep her calm and look for any signs of blood or other injury. Don’t try to bathe her yet as you may dislodge a scab or clot which may lead to further bleeding; also do not give any aspirin as this thins the blood. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buslot
Aspin
9 Months
Fair condition
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My dog was bitten by another dog. She has open wound in her forehead, wound on side of hia mouth and small wounds in her neck. She was unable to eat last night, and we don't know why. We have lack of money to bring her to a vet clinic, but I want to do anything I can just for my dog to survive. Please help me, what will I do? She was bitten yesterday.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Depending on how badly Buslot was bitten, she may need medical care. Dog bite wounds can become very infected very quickly, and can be very painful. If she continues to not want to eat, or the area develops a smell or discharge, she should be seen by a veterinarian. In the meantime, you can gently keep the area clean, offer her soft food, and keep a close eye on her. Many clinics offer free or discounted first exams that may allow you to have her seen if she is not doing well.

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Wrigley
Golden Retriever
1 year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Wound

My dog was bitten by a dog about 10 days ago and has two puncture wounds on his side right behind his front leg. I took him to the vet the day after the incident and he was given antibiotics and a medicine for pain and inflammation. The wounds have begun to scab however it is very hard all around the wounds. Is this normal? Thanks for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The skin may feel hard around wounds as inflammation causes some swelling of the tissues; puncture wounds which are not opposing (two margins pushed together) will take longer to heal than a simple cut. I would keep a close eye on the wounds and look for signs of oozing or slow healing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello my puppy was bitten by other dog or maybe a puppy on his neck. After a few days, my puppy's neck is about to heal. So, I'm happy with that. But just now I see his neck started to largen. Ehat was it and how am I going to help him. Please I don't want to lose him.

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Booger
German Wirehaired Pointer
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

discomfort

Our German Wirehair was attacked by two wild pitbulls. Fortunately, he was able to fight them off while my husband got what was needed to get them off of him. Unfortunately, he suffered 4 large puncture wounds from their teeth and nails, as well as bites on his neck and all four legs. Our vet saw him, and kept him overnight for two nights, and shaved legs and cut away some worrisome tissue from 3 of the puncture wounds. These wounds are open due to lack of tissue to suture or staple. We've been giving Keflex 500mg twice a day, and washing with Novalon wipes and spraying with Vetericyn spray twice daily. These wounds aren't closing, and look awful, though not infected at all, just very fleshy and bloody. Will bleed with any exertional movement. Is there anything else we can do to help the healing of these open wounds?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Booger, I'm not sure that I can comment on his wounds, or why they are still open. Now that he has been on antibiotics, perhaps your veterinarian would be able to close them, at least partially, so that they are not so dramatic and will heal faster. It would be best to give your veterinarian a call and let them know what is going on to see if anything can be done to help.

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Tanner
pitbull
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

So my dog startled my friends 11 year old pup and he snapped at him. Caught his lip pretty good. It bled a little, and now is swollen. There is a 1/4 inch gash there that isn't too deep. No discharge yet. Cleaned with peroxide and put some neosporin on it. Should I take him to the vet?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The wound may heal on its own if you are able to keep it clean. If the wound becomes red, has any yellow or green discharge, or he seems painful or doesn't want to eat, he should be seen by a veterinarian.

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Sky
Blue Heeler
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog had gotten into a fight two days ago. He had a bite wound on the top part of his neck which I cleaned and it seems to be healing and closing pretty good. But he also has a indention on the top of his head where I assume the other dog bit him but didn't break the skin. Its is swollen, but has gone down since the fight. I just want to know if something could go wrong where he has the swollen part on the top of his head. He seems to be fine. The first night I could tell he didn't feel good and was in pain, but now he is back to normal. Wants to play, still barks at cows as we go down the road, running, Etc.
Im just worried if he could get a blood clot or it injured him to were something horrible could happen.

Ive gave him "Rovera (Carprofen) CW" for pain & "Cephalexin(gen)" for infection

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without being able to examine Sky and look at the area, it is very difficult for me to determine if he has a problem, or if that is a healing wound. If it doesn't improve over the next couple of days or seems to be getting bigger, it would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian to determine what might be going on with him. I hope that he heals uneventfully.

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Boone
Bloodhound
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling Limping
Swelling

Hey bloodhound and our friend’s dog got in a scuffle on sunday and he came away from that with a few puncture bite wounds. There was a small amount of bleeding. Now his whole right front leg is swollen. He has a slight limp. I have been giving him Rimadyl for pain and inflammation. He is terrified of going to the vet so I am trying to avoid going. Do you think the swelling is normal?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I do not think the swelling is normal, no, and dog bites can become infected quite quickly. Boone should be seen by a veterinarian to determine whether he needs any further treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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Zeus
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Clear Liquid

My dog got in a little scruffle with another dog. I think the dogs claw scratched my dogs testicles sack. Its trying to close on its own. I have wound an skin veterinarian spray. Its half a inch long and maybe half a inch deep in places. Take to 24 hour vet or keep letting it heal at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is as deep as you mentioned in your question, the wound may have penetrated completely through the scrotum; I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian immediately for an examination and to have the wound sutured closed. If you are not planning on breeding Zeus, you should have him neutered at the same time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Original
jack
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mentioned above

Hello
I wanted to know, as reading from Your advice page, Can Swelling, that is a golf ball size on right shoulder blade with no visible puncture wounds, perhaps just hard closure by his brothers mouth. Also has hanging chest fur, not ripped off, just swaying, like fluid filled, or swollen too. Does this go away on its own? Can it take a while to go away. It looks bad, but O. is happy, playful, eating well, routine walks, potty schedule, playing, and still playing with his bigger brother. Just looks bad, soft and jelly like, but no other systems. Is that common? Thought within 24 hours, it would of gone down by now, is smaller size than last night, but still present. Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing the area that you are talking about, it is difficult to comment on what might be going on, but if the skin is fluid-filled, and there is a lump, and there was some trauma, I would be a little concerned. Since it hasn't changed in 24 hours, it might be a good idea to have that area looked at by a veterinarian to make sure that treatment isn't needed, as they can examine him and see more what might be happening.

Thank You. Well I had called and they said to keep an eye on it, and it does take time to have the " Trauma" settle down. But, when I got home from work, and took him out to go to the bathroom, his Urine had lots of blood in it. So, off to the Vets I went. Vet examined him, and said, its " normal " for that to happen, as the urine excreation, is the easiest way for the fluid to get out. Gave him antibiotics and anti inflamatory drops. I was so nervous. But said to come back in 12 days, after the meds are gone, and let me see him again, and he is he is on the mend. I just Freaked when I saw the blood in his urine. Aside from the Golf Ball Swelling, and the Waddle of chest fur, he is as normal as can be. Very Playful, eating, drinking, lots running around the yard, etc. But Im much more at ease, knowing he is going to be fine. Thanks for Your answers. As they say, Better Safe than Sorry. Thanks Again -Charlene

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Leo
Border Collie/Austrian Shepard
10 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sad

Hello. My dog was bit a few days ago. Nickles size deep wound. He saw a vet. Vet cleaned the wound and did a normal check up. Now,
my dog doesn't want to do anything. No walks, ball, pee, hardly eats, just wants to lay down. Gets excited a little here and there but then remembers he has a open wound and returns to the sad lay down position. Any thoughts Doc?
PS. This dog wants to play 16 hours a day normal.
Thx

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Dog bite wounds can be quite painful, and can become infected quickly. Leo may need antibiotics and/or pain medications, and it would be a good idea to have him rechecked by your veteirnarian since he doesn't seem to be doing well. I hope that he is okay.

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Fang
Daniff
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Clear discharge
Swollen toe
Fractured Toe

Medication Used

antibiotics

So my dog stepped on a metal rake while playing and one of the pointy bits broke through the skin next to the pad of the back right paw on one of his middle toes. It went far enough to hit the bone and fracture it. His toe swelled up really huge. I took him to a the humane society for medical attention because I couldn't afford a veterinarian, and they did x-rays and cleaned it. They put him on antibiotics, and it has been healing okay-ish. The swelling has gone down a bit after a week and it just keeps doing better. It oozes thin, clear liquid, which I read was a good sign. The problem is that the veterinarian says that we need to amputate the toe because it might swell back up with infection when he finishes his antibiotics in two weeks. I don't want to amputate if we don't have to, and I'm worried that they are calling for this to get more state funding. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand that finances may be tight, if you’re concerned about the diagnosis or the plan to amputate a digit you should visit a regular Veterinarian (I understand there will be a consultation fee) to get another opinion on whether the toe should be amputated or not since I cannot really weigh in without examining Fang’s paw myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ben
pit bull terrier
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Joints

So a few nights ago my pitty was bitten in the front leg by a XL Pit we took him to vet and they laser his leg and rewraped it but today it is swollen more his paw and the top of where the bandage is, he is still oozing pus that smells he can’t put any pressure in his leg. I’m just really worried. Any advice would help

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Ben's leg is becoming more swollen, has a bad odor and he isn't using the leg, he needs to be seen by your veterinarian right away to have that bandage removed and assess the leg. Dog bight wounds can get very infected very quickly, and he may need further care. I hope that he is okay.

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Rufio
Sharpei
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Small hole/puncture wound

My dog got in to a brief fight with another dog and was bit just behind his ear. The wound stopped bleeding after applying pressure for a few minutes. The wound is small in diameter ( about 1/4 inch or less) but looks fairly deep. Would it need surgery or can it heal on it’s own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining the ear, it is difficult to say whether or not it would require surgery; however since it is large and its location I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian to check the wound and they may prescribe some antibiotic or recommend suturing the wound closed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Egypt
Pit bull
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Watery blood
swollen

My dog it’s always biting the top of her front paws now she recently had some small scratches but they seem swollen with watery blood coming out she goes out to the grass a lot do you think she might have some kind of bug and how can I stop the bleeding? I wrap her wounds so she doesn’t lick them

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Biting the front paws is a good indicator of food allergies; however other causes like trauma and insect bites may also cause similar symptoms. You should place a cone on Egypt to prevent any further licking or biting and bathe the paws with a dilute antiseptic. You should review her food and consider changing her to a restricted ingredient dog food to see if there is any improvement in the desire to bite her paws, although this will take two or three weeks to see any improvement if there is a food allergy. You should also discuss with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gus
Labrador Retriever
20 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bleeding
Wound
Swelling

My dog and my friends dog play together and I noticed there are little scabs around my dogs neck and on top of his head (what seems to be biting marks from the friends dog). I am wondering if there are any over the counter meds I can apply to help heal the scabs/wounds or if I should take him into the vet to make sure! They seem to be a little swollen, but he doesn't seem to mind them being touched and he still plays with the friends dog, they both play bite each other all the time, I just wonder if it got a little rougher and caused these.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sometimes dogs may be a little over enthusiastic and may leave bite marks after playing; it is important to bathe these with a dilute antiseptic and apply Neosporin to the wounds. Whilst the wounds are healing, it would be a good idea to keep the two dogs separate so that the skin isn’t disturbed during healing; if the wounds don’t heal, smell or leak a discharge you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
Chihuahua
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

not drinking
inactive
Not Eating

My dog got bitten by another dog last night (Friday night), I saw at least 2 puncture wounds on her neck. They bled a bit but has now stopped. I call the vet I can't get an appointment for her until Monday. I washed her and was able to apply Neosporin on one of the wounds, I couldn't get to the other one because she was in pain and would try to go hide under the table when I tried to reach it. She hasn't been eating or drinking anything. What can I can do in the next two days until I can get her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be ideal to get the other wound cleaned up and some Neosporin applied to it, I know it can be difficult but you should be persistent; if you have an Emergency Veterinarian in your area that is open you should visit them if you are unable to attend to the wounds. Without examining the wounds I cannot determine depth or severity and we don’t know whether or not there are any indicators of internal injuries. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Labrador Retriever
3 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic

My Lab was bitten under her eye and on her lip by a dachshund 3 days ago. The bite under her eye bled a little bit and swelled for a few hours. Both seemed superficial. I cleaned it and put some abx ointment on it. She seemed to be ok. Three days later, she is lethargic and has no desire to play. (this is very unusual since she is a younger Lab with TONS of ball energy!). The day after this happened, my husband took her to the beach to play in the ocean, and she seemed to do just fine, however, she is now lethargic. She is drinking and eating, but she cries if we touch her face. The wounds are healed. She is no longer swollen. I have made an appointment with her Vet for later this evening, but was hoping to get some additional info prior to the visit. I'm very concerned. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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By now I think you’ve already visited your Veterinarian as I am answering a few hours after your question; there are many different issues which may be affecting Lucy and the bite may have caused other damage under the skin. Without examining her it is difficult to say specifically but I’m sure by now your Veterinarian has offered a course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Georgie
Cockapoo
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

cysts
bite wounds,
discharge

6 days ago, my small dog was bit by a rather large and strong dog. He had 6 puncture wounds, all of which closed except for one. It's about 1 1/6 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide. Everyday, it seems to get worse. Yesterday, a sack of yellow and white ooze came out of the wound. Today, the wound is surrounded and covered by a black scab, and underneath the scab is sticky, thick, yellow goo. I'm not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Small bite wounds may heal easily as the margins are closer allowing for easier closure; larger wounds where the skin margins are far apart need to heal a different way which takes longer, when the wound is open it is exposed and at risk of secondary infection which may impede healing. I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian for at a minimum a course of antibiotics and depending on the condition of the wound, it may require debridement or to be sutured closed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Griz
Labradoodle
11 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Puncture
Wound

Medication Used

Previcox
Clavamox antibiotic- oral

My almost 1 yr old dog jumped over a fence and has a puncture wound right above his penis (can fit tip of pinky in the hole). It was bleeding (seeping blood) for a while but stopped. We cleaned it with betadine twice and glued it shut with dermabond. He got his first dose of antibiotics today and was given anti-inflammatory. About 10 hrs later one of his testicles (opposite side of the wound) is looking bruised and is sensitive to the touch. Is it okay to just keep cleaning it and give antibiotics to be safe from infection or should we take him to the vet when they open on Monday? Thanks for your help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should keep an eye on Griz for the time being and ensure that the sensitivity doesn’t get any worse; however, you should visit a Veterinarian if Griz wasn’t treated by them. If he is vocalising pain or the testicle is swollen you should visit a Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Gambit
Husky/ german shepherd
9 Months
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

My dog cut his nose on barbed wire. Its a kind deep cut but not to big. The bleeding has stopped and I’ve been cleaning the wound. The wound is swollen now is that normal for a wound or should i take him to a vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling is normal for any traumatic injury and if the wound has stopped bleeding you should keep a close eye on it and clean the wound regularly especially after eating food. If the wound is open wide or is deep, you should consider visiting your Veterinarian in case the wound needs suturing closed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog got bit a few months ago and I just noticed it Saturday. The skin is closed but has a bump over the wound.

I was wondering if it is healing properly?

My Doberman Pinscher got hit in the head by an object and got a punter wound on the top of the head. The wound is small but it hurt her. What treatment can I do?

There is a cord like object hanging from a wound on the outer base of my dogs ear it looks like a tendon or torn muscle what could it be

My puppy ran off after her Mum this morning and came back with about 6 tiny puncture wounds on all of her legs any ideas what could of done this

3 days ago My great Dane bit my boxer on the back. She had just one puncture wound. It never bleed but had been draining a clear discharge. Today she started coughing. Are they related?

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Maximus
American Bulldog/mix
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

limping, swollen entire leg, warm

I have a 9 yr old mixed American Bulldog - Max and he got into a fight several weeks ago and had a huge gash on his front leg. It healed and then he got into another fight and the gash opened back up. It's been 2 weeks and he is still limping, swollen, red. I don't feel any broken bones. I have been treating it daily by cleaning, and the blue/purple spray and dog aspirin. He isn't able to put weight on it at all. I plan to take him to the vet Saturday. He is eating normal, no loss of appetite and is his normal self except for the limping.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that having Max seen by a veterinarian is a good idea. Dog fight wounds can get very infected, and there may be a broken bone that is causing that much pain. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Buddy
Pitt
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have a 1 yr old Pitt and I had my daughter 1 yr Pitt that I watched for a few days I noticed that my dog had small puncture holes under his neck and outside of his mouth the puncture’s only broke the skin no swelling or drainage I’m just worried Incase it gets infected what should I do . Thank you Allie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Certainly looks like some puncture wounds from play fighting, you should keep an eye on these wounds and just give them a little wipe with a chlorhexidine wipe or a salt solution two times per day. If any swelling, discharge or anything else concerning occurs visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marven
Blue heeler mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

no fever
Swelling
Sleepy

My dog got in a fight with another dog and has a puncture wound on front side of ear. Cleaned very well and put badage over it. Should i leave it open ? Have an appt monday with vet. Just trying to keep it cleaned and do everything i can till then.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a wound (but not all the way through the pinna) you should keep it clean and apply a thin layer of Neosporin over the wound to protect against contamination, bandaging isn’t always necessary but I cannot say for certain without examining the wound. Keep an eye on it and follow up with your Veterinarian on Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cali
Golden Retriever
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy trouble walking, diarrhea

My 4yr old Golden Retriever was bitten on neck by something at our lake house yesterday ( there are wood chucks,snapping turtles,black squirrels, snakes, northern pike,bass) Indo not know what bit her. The wound is red pushing and draing bloody watery fluid it is getting bigger she is also having trouble walking and has no interest in eating and now has diarrhea. I’m not sure what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the wound is getting worse and Cali is having difficulty walking you should visit any Veterinarian nearby immediately for an examination and treatment; without knowing what specifically bit Cali and whether there was envenomation or not (if snake, spider etc…) I cannot give you any specific advice. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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