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@Kachina624 wrote:

When I went to the ER with a cat bite, I was told there's a 100% chance it would get infected without treatment.

 

@sunsetbeach.  In the case of the two dogs your dh encountered, animal control should require they be muzzled on walks


 

Or a shorter leash so they can be controlled better. 

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@sunsetbeach I am curious if the dog-owner gave her name/address when you husband asked.  You don't say.  If so, did Animal Control follow up with her after you made the report?


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@Kachina624 wrote:

When I went to the ER with a cat bite, I was told there's a 100% chance it would get infected without treatment.

 

@sunsetbeach.  In the case of the two dogs your dh encountered, animal control should require they be muzzled on walks


@Kachina624   Yes!  At LEAST muzzled....

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@Peaches McPhee wrote:

@sunsetbeach I am curious if the dog-owner gave her name/address when you husband asked.  You don't say.  If so, did Animal Control follow up with her after you made the report?


 

The owner did give my husband her name and address.  We assume they followed up as she told us that she was going directly to her house last night after she left us.  She said if needed for id, she would take pics of the dogs and return, but she didn't come back.  She was in a Sheriff's car and I believe she was a Sheriff, as she had a gun and everything.

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@BlueFinch wrote:

So sorry to hear of your husband's injury.  I've had a dog bite before, too, and I can attest to the fact it is painful and traumatic.  

 

Also, in my case, I actually needed a few stitches, but they never want to close bite wounds because it may entrap the bacteria.  

 

Keep a close eye on the wound site, but with your immediate attention it's unlikely you'll see complications.  

 

Now, the dogs.  What the heck!  Obviously not under control by the owner. 

 

 

 


Thank you, I'm sorry you had to go through what you did!

 

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@Chrystaltree wrote:

I'm so sorry he had to go through that, it's very scary and unsettling.  Yes, from what I see in ER visits where I work dog bites are more common now.  At one time, it was very rare but  very severe when it did happen.  Now I see more incidents like your husband's.  I think it's because people take their dogs everywhere with them now and we all forget that dogs are animals, even the most loving, sweetest dog can bite for reasons known only to the dog.  Cats too.  I know that cat bites can be much more serious than a dog bite because my cat who I had for about 17 years at the time, my old loving comfy cat, sailed across the room and bit me on the ankle one morning.  She'd been sleeping in her usual spot in our bedroom and I thought she must have had a nightmare.  Apparently, some cats carry a type of bacteria in their saliva which can cause a serious infection in humans.  Yes indeed.  We should all be up to date with our tetanus injections and we should see a doctor for any animal bite.  


Thank you, the people in Urgent Care were so nice, they asked my DH if he was Snack Food, so I've taken to calling him Snack Food today.

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@BirkiLady wrote:

@sunsetbeach  So sorry about your husband's encounter with the dog, which resulted in being bitten. You were absolutely correct to have it checked out by a medical professional. Hopefully, this will have no effects on his current physical conditions. Sending thoughts for a speedy healing and safe walking in the future. 


Thank you, it is much appreciated!

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@hckynut wrote:

 

@sunsetbeach 

 

Animal lover here, as is my wife. I have been bitten by both, a dog and a cat, in fact, several felines over decades now. The dog bite I got a tetanus shot and went on my way with life.

 

The cat bite, our own Indoor Only Male feline. We were putting on his gel type Flea and tick meds, it takes 2 of us with a couple of our cats. Anyways he managed to bite my hand and it hurt like he!!. I washed it off good an cleaned it with an antiseptic and chalked it off as 1 more bite.

 

By the next morning my hand was red/warm and swollen. Couldn't get in to see my GP, so my sis called her son-in-law, who is a doctor in the same group. I got in to see him and he sent me directly to the ER where they started an IV antibiotic and I was admitted to the hospital. By then i didn't even recognize my left hand.

 

I had Cellulitis and spent 6+ days in the hospital and they called in a Disease Specialist to work with the team of doctors. Was months before I could do much with my left hand. Not a pleasant experience.

 

Our vet checked our our cat and said that many had certain types of bacteria in his mouth and it was not that

uncommon. Needless to say we have a different approach now when placing on his protection.

 

I hope all goes well with DH and he has no problems.

 

 

 

hckynut(john)

 

 


Thank you, it has definitely been a learning experience!

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@suzeecat wrote:

I enjoy walking outside whenever possible and that is one of my worst fears.  There are a couple of houses that I walk by and the dogs charge the fence and startle the heck out of me.  I've often wondered what would happen if they could get around the fence somehow, so I be sure to have pepper spray and carry a walking stick (thinking of people, too!).  However, neither probably would have helped your husband. 

 

An acquaintance of mine had a dog that bit someone on her property and her homeowner's insurance went up dramatically.  When she tried to call around for a better price, she found that most companies wouldn't even take her on as a new customer.  I wonder if the same would apply if a dog attacks somewhere that is NOT on the owner's property?


I, too, am always afraid of the dogs when I'm out walking every day.  We live in a dog friendly neighborhood, even have those boxes with green poop bags for the dog owners.  I always keep my guard up.

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@lilypadfrog wrote:

I was going up my stairs one day with my bouncing ouppy.  She grabbed my wrist as if to pull me up but ended up causing a one inch tear.  I didnt think much of it other than to clean it and put a bandaid on it.  About 2 weeks later it still hadnt healed so I went into one of those "minute clinics" at the pharmacy.  I started antibiotics but unfortunately had been prescribed something which had an ingredient in it which I was allergic to.  Well, that seemed to kick start the infection in my arm and within 2 hours I was laying on the bathroom floor covered in my own waste.  I could not get up.  Luckily my daughter stopped by, called 911 and I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  My heart stopped during the ride.  They later said I would not be alive if my daughter had not stopped by.  Needless to say, I was in the hospital, part time in ICU, for 2+ weeks.  I was diagnosed with sepsis.  My arms looked like pincushions from all the iv's and blood draws.  I came home with 6 weeks of medicine.

 

I learned 3 things.  Never discount any bite or scratch from an animal.  Always look at all the ingredients in any medication (yes, even though I had told that clinic what I was allergic to).  Finally, my puppy is now trained.

 

Please dont disregard any bite or scratch, no matter how small.


EEK, I'm so sorry that happened to you!!!!