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Help With Dog Bite

July 24th, 2005, 03:08 AM

I am not quite sure where exactly to put this. I got bite by one of my own dogs on thurs and i got a really bad infection in my leg and foot to the point ive been going in for the last 2 days for antiboditics through iv(i have to go back again later today. My question is my dog has grade 4 heartworm(cannot be treated) and we cannot vacciante him either as he got a very bad reaction to the needle. Could this bad infection been caused cause of his heartworm? Ive been bitten before(breaking a dog fight up at a park) and it never blew up this bad. the doctor says i should have feeling back in my leg/foot in 2 weeks to a month :(

Just wondering though if the infection got caused by his heartworm(i did clean up my leg that nite i got bit)

July 24th, 2005, 06:21 AM
So very sorry to hear that you have been bitten. I wouldn't think that your dog being HW+ would have contributed to the degree of swelling in your leg. I do know that a neighbour was terribly bitten by one of her shepherds breaking up a fight and she was off for 3 months as the swelling and infection were very similar. It might just be due to the severity of the bite and the location? I hope you have a speedy recovery. :fingerscr

July 24th, 2005, 07:34 AM
BRO,my cat attacked my leg at one time,right by my was very badly infected,travelled up part of my leg and my foot swelled to twice it's size.
I was treated with antibiotics at the hosp,but next day was referred to a wound-specialist,whom I had to see for a period of a month.
He completley cleaned the wound and I had to stuff it with cotton soaked with some sort of meds,did not bath that leg for a few weeks.
It's a long process and very important it's treated,I assume a dog-bite is as serious as a cat-bite.
I now have a nice dent in my leg,as a constant reminder :D

July 24th, 2005, 11:45 AM
Cat bites and scratches are very serious. You must go to the hospital right away if this happens to you. Do the same if this ever happens to your dog.

July 24th, 2005, 12:39 PM
I think it has more to do with the amount of bacteria there was in the mouth of the dog. How are the teeth?

July 24th, 2005, 01:45 PM
Thanks everyone for the help

I wasnt sure if it was possible or not. Ive never had a bite get this bad. I guess the good thing is this morning when i woke up i didnt have as much pain when i went to walk. I go back in for my 3rd day of antiboditics i am so going to hate the hospital soon lol i know the dog knows he did something cause as soon as i go into the room he lowers his head(and i have never hit him in my life)He's also tried to lick it when i was sitting down. ANd i never thought dog bites would be as bad as a cats(my aunts cat bite me when i was like 12 and i still have the marks on my hand)

Thanks again everyone for the help

Lucky Rescue
July 24th, 2005, 02:07 PM
Oh sorry to hear this!!:( Poor you.

Yes it's the bacteria that causes the infection, although dog bites are usually not nearly as dangerous as cat bites.

Why would your dog bite you? Were you breaking up a scrap?

July 24th, 2005, 02:15 PM
He is going blind and he saw quick movements and he grabbed me. Its partly my fault and i should have let him know i was coming near him as he was snoozing.

I got pics taken last nite. and they look better then when it happened on thurs

July 24th, 2005, 02:25 PM
I agree with Prin and Lucky its the bacteria in the dogs mouth that caused the infection. 2 months ago my 13yr old daughter got bit pretty good in the hand by breaking up our 2 male huskies who were fighting to the death and her hand swelled up to twice the size. I took her to emerg. and they would not stitch it up because of the risk of infection so they just wrapped it up and gave antibotic cream to put on twice a day. And as I've been told by sooo many people that the dog mouth is the most dirtiest place.
:crazy: crazy bout huskies

July 24th, 2005, 02:36 PM
Actually to be specific, the top three dirtiest are Camels, Cats and Humans. Dogs are further down the list at around #7... :D (I should post this on the thread about useless facts... :cool: )

July 24th, 2005, 03:44 PM
Sometimes infection is just the luck (or bad luck) of the draw. I know I've gotten "bites" from my chain ring while mountain biking that looked like a bear attacked my leg with blood everywhere (plus the dirt, mud, grease, oil and whatever else I've picked up while riding), only to have no scar or infection. At the same time, one day after riding I found a small scratch on my hand the didn't even hurt, but did scab up. That was 8 years ago, and I still have the scar.

If the doctor says don't worry, then don't worry. It's only scary because you haven't seen that happen before. You've done the right thing by talking to you dr. You want to keep an eye on it to see if it gets worse, but if not, don't worry too much about it.

August 6th, 2005, 03:07 AM
How's your bite doing? Are you still alive? :fingerscr :)