Post # 1
So Saturday evening we were at my best friends’ boyfriend’s house for her birthday. We all went to college together, so needless to say it was a bit of a reunion and we were not sober.
About 3 a.m., Fiance is petting best friend’s boyfriend’s dog, and after a few minutes the dog suddenly snaps and bites Fiance right in the face. He has puncture wounds on both sides of his nose, right next to his nostrils.
He bled A LOT at first, but didn’t tell anyone >:( because he didn’t want to cause a scene. I walked into the bathroom and his face is covered in blood, but he wouldn’t go to the hospital. He said he didnt need stiches.
Anyway, yesterday the bleeding had stopped but it was oozing light pink/clear (sorry TMI), and today it is still KIND of open but starting to scab.
My concern is, he is obviously in a lot of pain. But he stayed home from work today because he didn’t feel well, and I just got home from work (7 p.m.) and he is sleeping. He’s been sleeping all day, because nothing has moved since this morning. Is this sign of infection or something? Should I force him to see a doctor? Or am I being a worry wart? (He thinks I am)
Any medical advice would be great
Post # 3
If it is pink or red around the wound, swollen, hot, or oozing pus, those are sure signs of infection and he should get to urgent care.
Post # 4
was the dog current on its rabies vaccination?
Post # 5
Get off WB and get the guy to the ER or urgent care! Could be an infection, could need to be stitched up (not sure what the poster below me means by saying dog bites can’t get stitches, my brother had to have stitches above his eyebrow after getting bit by a dog as a child)…we can’t tell you that over the internet, get him to a doctor where they can make the call on the proper course of action.
Post # 6
I am not a medical professional. However, in December, I was bit by a dog while running. Dog bites do not get stitches because they are considered dirty wounds. I was given a prescription to antibiotics, a tetanus shot and told to use a topical antibiotic ointment, like neosporin.
A trip to the urgent care or doctor might not be a bad idea, but I don’t think that it is absolutely needed. He might just be bummed to have an injury on his face.
Also, I believe you have to report dog bites, I would hate for something to happen to your friend’s dog because of the report. You might want to make up a fib to protect the dog.
Post # 7
Dog was current on his rabies. I’m waking him up and we’re going to the doctor now.
Thanks for the quick feedback bees
Post # 8
@Milk and Honey: “Also, I believe you have to report dog bites, I would hate for something to happen to your friend’s dog because of the report. You might want to make up a fib to protect the dog.”
And I would hate for a kid to get mauled permanently because an aggressive dog didn’t get reported. I would report the dog.
Post # 9
Puncture wounds by animals always warrant a trip to urgent care! The nature of the wound means bacteria can multiply very very quickly. Cat bites are worse than dog bites, but sitll worth a cheap prescription for augmentin.
On the plus side, this is a great opportunity to get a tetanus booster 🙂 Make sure he gets the one with pertussis in it!!
Keep cleaning the wounds frequently with warm water, to help mobilize some of the drainage/cell fragments/bacterial growth out of there.
Post # 11
Umm yah, he needs to go to a hospital. Right away.
Post # 12
Regardless of what anyone could possibly say here, OP, the only obvious sound advice is to go to the doctor ASAP. I hope you were able to get him on the way.
Post # 13
I’m happy you’re taking him to the hospital! Let us know how he’s doing
Post # 14
Theres a very short window(about 6 hours) in which you can get stitches, so he likely wont be able to get those now. It would still be a good idea to go to a clinic and have tem clean it and possibly give him antibiotics or antibiotic cream etc
Post # 15
Keep us updated OP! Hope your Fiance is alright!
Post # 16
@distracts: I was just giving my advise. As someone who was recently attacked by two unleashed, unprovoked loose pitbulls, I cleary understand the danger of vicious dogs. However, the OP described a situation where people were intoxicated really late in the evening. This is her friend’s dog, it would be very sad if the dog has no history of biting ends up euthanized because some drunks were messing with it.
Maybe I am too sympathetic to animals, but that is just how I feel.
I think a trip to the doctor is a good idea though.