Post # 1
Hes gonna be ok, but has 1 very deep puncture wound under his armpit area that needs stitches asap. Hes up walking around and acting a little butt hurt but Im kinda freaking out.
I called ALL the vets in the surrounding area and they all close in 10 mins- it takes me at least 30mins to get to any of them (ahh the joys of living rural) I dont know what to do until tomorrow morning.
I picked out all the loose hair I could and the nasty chunks of skin that was laying inside the wound….. Do i just put a gauze on it and wait until tomorrow or what? I dont have alot of options at the moment 🙁
The emergency vet said they would accept him but its gonna be $160 just to look at him!!!!!!
Post # 3
@MrsRuby: Oh no! I’m so sorry! That is so upsetting. I’m super paranoid about my pets, so I would probably bring him in. That said, I can’t see the wound so it’s really your call. What happened? Were you at a dog park or something? Did the other owner do anything? I wonder if you could get them to pay…
Post # 4
Oh no, what attacked him?!
Ie he bleeding bad enough that he can’t wait until morning? Could you possibly put gauze on it and wrap it with that springy dog tape (I don’t know if you know what i mean, they used this on my dog when she wouldn’t stop bleeding after they drew blood)?
Post # 5
Oh nooo. I’m far from being a vet, but can you maybe put some antibiotic cream on there and then close it up with butterfly sutures/steri-strips? If you have an ace bandage around maybe you could gauze him and wrap him up in the bandage. Ugh. I hope someone else knows more about helping an injured animal.
Post # 7
I think my answer would depend on what bit him
Post # 8
Hydrogen peroxide to clean the wound – it will hurt…and then neosporin or another antibiotic cream until the a.m…..and…make sure the other dog was vaccinated against rabies!
Post # 9
Aw, this is horrible! Sorry =( If I were you, though, I’d suck it up and pay the money. My dog is just like my child and I wouldn’t wait if it were my child. I just took my dog to the ER vet this past weekend and I am SO thankful I did.
Post # 10
OMG I’m sorry! A few years back we had a maltese who practically got eaten by a german shepherd. We had to take him straight to the ER and they had to stitch him up and put tubes in his wounds that we had to flush out. His entire middle from his neck to his tail was shaved to the skin and had wounds all over it. It was so traumatizing – I know how this feels! Go to the emergency vet, that’s my advice!
Post # 11
I’d take him to the emergency vet. It doesn’t take long for infection to set in. At the very least, they’ll thoroughly clean the wound and probably put him on some antibiotics.
Post # 12
Poor baby! That is awful. What bit him? I think I’d take him in ASAP even though it’s going to cost a bit more. It will be for his comfort & safetly and for your peace of mind.
Post # 13
We were outside BBQing and Darling Husband had brought his dog (german shepherd) over here to play with ours, like they have a million other times before and all the sudden he just attacked him. He was flinging him around like a ragdoll as my dog was screaming. All of us were completely shocked and dumbfounded. Darling Husband friend apologized and offered to pay; but im not going to make him. I just feel bad about it. It wasnt really anyones fault.
Hes not bleeding bad. He just whines when he stands up because theres a hole in his armmuscle. Ive locked him up in his kennel so hell lay down. I just set a gauze pad on the wound and wrapped it up. Ive always been told never to use human antibiotic ointment etc… on pets. He will have to wait till morning unless he takes a turn for the worse. If it were really bad; he had a chunk of skin hanging off and was gushing blood I would take him in immediately. I was raised on a farm and had to take care of lots of sickinjured animals but this is my little baby and just freaked out for a minute it scared me really bad! Both dogs are vaccinated for rabies so were safe there! After calling at least 5 other vets besides mine they all said he should be fine to wait until first thing tomorrow morning.
Post # 14
Sorry did not read your update, thank you for taking the hospital’s advice.
Post # 15
@MrsRuby: I’m so sorry!! I work in wound care twice per week and my wound care docs STRONGLY advise against hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol for people, just use soap and water. The poor baby =( =( I’m so so so sorry! Keep us posted.
ETA: Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol are good at killing stuff, but in addition to bacterial they kill epithelial cells and cells the body uses to heal itself, thought I should explain myself. Also, you can give him benadryl (1 mg per lb, that is the dosing for dogs) to help sedate him so he doesn’t move around too much…
ETA2: Just read your update! Good that you got some advice!! =)
Post # 16
Here are some pics of the wound