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Why are dog bite wounds so bad?

Dog bite wounds can be very serious because the bacteria in a dog’s mouth can cause infection. Additionally, the force of a dog’s bite can cause significant tissue damage, resulting in a larger wound that can take longer to heal. The risk of infection increases if the wound is left untreated.  If an abscess forms, the patient may need to be sedated for wound flushing and surgical debridement.

What should I do if my dog is bitten by another dog?

If your dog is bitten by another dog, it is important to seek veterinary care as soon as possible. In addition to treating any wounds, your vet may recommend a course of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. Your vet may also recommend that your dog receive a rabies vaccine, depending on the circumstances of the bite and the risk of exposure.

What if my dog needs surgery for a bite wound?

If your dog needs surgery for a bite wound, your vet will discuss the best treatment plan for your pet. Surgery may be necessary to repair damage to the skin or underlying tissue, or to remove any foreign objects from the wound. In some cases, stitches or staples may be used to close the wound. Your vet will discuss the best course of treatment for your pet’s specific situation.

What if my dogs bite wound is not healing after trying antibiotics?

If your dog’s bite wound is not healing after trying antibiotics, your vet may recommend further treatment. This may include additional antibiotics and/or wound care. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the wound or remove any foreign objects from the area. Your vet will discuss the best course of treatment for your pet’s specific situation.

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