Patient Comments: Dog Bite Treatment - Type of Experience


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Comment from: heidi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I was holding my granddaughter standing on the deck of a relative’s home. Their supposedly friendly Rottweiler came from behind and started biting me, while I tried to protect our grandbaby. He knocked me down and dragged me off the deck and took deep bites; over 30 punctures. I saved the baby but had to have surgery. Very traumatic and painful.

Comment from: littleme, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I found that applying a greasy type of cream or ointment (Ingram's camphor cream or similar) reduces the itching immediately. I suspect that the mites find it impossible to move around in the greasy environment and cannot proceed with their mischief.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

A year ago I was at a friend’s house with their cute family pet sitting on my lap. It was a cocker spaniel, not a puppy. I was petting his head and leaned my head down when the dog bit my upper lip leaving a big hole in my face. Luckily they were able to sew it back together, 10 stitches with no plastic surgeon. I was just able to have plastic surgery for lip re-alignment and am very happy with my new lip. The best ways to reduce scarring are massaging the tissue regularly after the accident, and I also used a prescribed lotion, Dermatix Ultra. Vitamin E and Bio oil never worked on me.

Comment from: Cherrybonbon, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was bitten by my friend's dog when I went to her house. The dog isn't tied up usually, and when we came over he got tied up and was unhappy. So when I walked past him, he managed to grab my arms with his teeth and bit me. It wasn't painful at that time, even though I can see my flesh and blood dripping. I was sent to the hospital and was hospitalized for 4 days to clean and inspect my wounds. They had my wounds washed and inspected surgically on the first day, and waited for 2 days to see if there's any infection before they closed my wound with stitches. It was only when after they washed my wound, I felt the pain in my arms. And it was horrible. They gave me morphine and tramadol to relieve the pain and I couldn't eat for days.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

Recently I was separating a terrier and a black lab during a heated fight and got bit in the process, the key to safety on all parts is to loosen the tension on each dog and just pull them apart if possible. I was alone in doing so and got my hand too close to the lab and was bit. Dog fights happen, if you are going to interfere have help!

Comment from: I am the one got bit, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 19

I was walking an elderly neighbor's dog. The dog is known to be leash reactive. When I went out of my way to back this dog off of the narrow path we wanted to take, when I/we spotted another dog owner plus dog coming down our way, and went out of our way to cross over the main path so I could sit the neighbor's dog on a grassy verge away from the path. What I did not anticipate was, the other owner slack leashing his dog after I called out my dog was not friendly. I got bitten in the bargain.

Comment from: Natha, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 26

I was playing basketball with my friends and his dog jumped over the fence and bit me in the arm. It was all the way down to the bone and left me with a scar the size of his mouth. I went to the emergency room. Luckily it had had its rabies shot and they said I will have to stay overnight and I did and then another night because it got worse. Then I went home after that.

Comment from: akshay, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

A dog bit me but blood is not flowing.

Comment from: cobra77, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

Two days ago my dogs were in my backyard barking at something going on in the alley. I opened my garage because I figured a cat was getting into my trash and I would just go shoo it away. Well, it certainly wasn't a cat. My neighbor's two pit bull mixes had gotten out of his yard. Initially, I only saw the female, who has gotten loose before and has not been aggressive. I did not approach her as she stood at the end of my driveway. I talked to her from my garage, just saying her name, no big deal. That's when the male pit heard me and came running at me from around the corner of my fence, where I hadn't seen him. As soon as I saw him charging at me, I knew I was in trouble. I feel very fortunate that he only bit me once on the left ankle. It hurts terribly, but thank God my children -any children- weren't with me outside. I kept backing up and yelling NO at him and he finally ran off. I closed my garage and came in the house, crying and bloody in front of my two little boys. Animal Services came and took the dog. My neighbors are such losers that I doubt they will fix their fence or make any effort to get their dog back. At least that's what I'm hoping for.


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Comment from: gina, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 07

My first dog bite happened on a few days ago, around 6:30 p.m. I was sitting under a shade tree when a stray dog came into our yard. The dog has been there before and our cat has run him off. My husband didn't know the dog was in the yard at the time, and he turned our dog loose. He is a lab mix and will be 2 in December. He knew the "male" dog was in the yard, and I want to think he thought he was protecting me at the time. He came running to me to get to the stray standing beside me, and as I started to get up and move – because I knew what was fixing to happen – my dog grabbed my right leg at the calf muscle and bit down…hard! I didn't realize how bad it was and started yelling for my husband, who was on the other side of the yard. He came running and yelling at the dogs. My dog let the stray alone and my husband grabbed him by the chain and put him in the backyard. I was yelling for my husband to get me to the ER ASAP. When I arrived at the ER, the doctor started cleaning it with Betadine, then numbed the areas to be cleaned more. He then used about 10 bottles of sterile water to clean the wounds out. I still didn't know how badly I had been bitten. When the doctor finished, he said I had two large puncture wounds and he would only use butterfly bandages to close them so they could drain. The larger laceration above them was deeper and needed stitches. I have two stitches in my leg and am on two antibiotics for 10 days. My dog is being watched at my house on his chain for 10 days. No changes in him so far. My leg is very bruised at this time, and has a hematoma under the skin.

Comment from: Rocky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I was bitten by a dog on April 2, 2013. The bite was on my left calf and 4 inches above my ankle bone. The dog came out of nowhere and did not make any sounds indicating he was going to bite. I knew the dog was in the yard, but had no eye contact with him and in no way provoked him. I went to my doctor and received four stitches inside and three outside. There wasn’t much skin to stitch. I went back to the doctor a week later and he advised that he may need to scrape the wound because of dead tissue and skin. I went back for a third visit to the doctor and asked if he wanted to stitch the wound. He thought it might not be a good idea. He said the wound needs to heal from the inside out. He is sending me to a wound-care clinic for leg surgery. I talked to the dog’s owner and found out the dog had done this before. I’m going to call animal control and have the dog picked up. The owner said he has no problem with that and said he has no problem with dog being put down. He’s afraid the dog will bite again and really do some damage, especially to a child.

Comment from: timboy, 75 or over Male Published: April 04

I was trying to knock some food off my King Charles spaniel’s ear when it turned and bit my little finger where it joins the hand. The dog has a life of luxury and I cannot believe it bit its owner. All my family wants the dog put to sleep except myself. I went to hospital where the cleaned and dressed the deep wound and had to go back 3 days later for assessment and redressing. I also have to go back for further assessment in 4 days time. I don’t think a dog trainer would help. I would suggest anybody with a dog bite to attend a hospital asap.

Comment from: Robininsky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I was standing talking to a neighbor when her dog, a Shiba Inu that was standing beside her, jumped up and took a bite out of my hand. I was holding my Pom in my other arm and he was fortunately not hurt. Went to ER and had stitches in both the palm of my hand and the wrist. Hurt like hell. This was over 5 months ago and my wrist and thumb still hurt when I am writing or doing certain motions with the hand. Really upset about this unprovoked incident, especially when I learned the dog had bitten at least three people prior to me!

Comment from: texastech, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 22

I'm a veterinary technician, so dog bites are just a part of the job. My first bite was a 10yr old min-pin, whose rabies status was nil. Dog has never been vaccinated. Needless to say, his head was sent in for testing after the others elected euthanasia. He was negative, thank goodness. My 2nd dog bite was yesterday - a 65lb "mutt", whose owner brought her in for a swollen face. She was fine, wagging her tail while we were getting her out of the kennel. The doctor needed to examine her and give her a shot of a steroid, and I reached down to get a tighter grip on the leash, and she bit my thumb and first knuckle on my index finger of my left hand. Her upper canine hit my joint of the thumb, and oh boy does it HURT today! It's red, purple and swollen. I took an x-ray, and there's no bone damage. I can move it left, right, and back - but not forward. I'm finishing up a round of antibiotics for a case of strep throat, so I'm not really concerned about infection. Not to mention, I washed it with soap, surgical scrub, vetadine solution, chlorehexedine solution AND sprayed lysol on it for good measure - haha! And honestly, I'd much rather have a dog bite me than a cat!

Comment from: Tall Blues Fan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

We adopted a 4 year old female Jack Russell terrier a year ago from Animal Control. I made the mistake of allowing her on my lap while I was in a certain chair. She now assumes that chair is hers and gets on it only to be told "off". Sometimes she refuses to budge and I have to take her off it myself. On this occasion she refused to get off the chair and I tried to use a newspaper to get her to move. No luck but it did piss her off. Then I manually moved her. She got down after really biting my hand hard. Lots of pain and upset over the bite. Went to the ER, got it cleaned up, tetanus shot, and prescription for antibiotics. No stitches need to let it heal from the inside out. She's current on her rabies shots. It's been 4 days now and the bite area is red with a little pus. My docs office is closed today so will go to Urgent Care. We've really gotten attached to this dog and don't want to give her back to Animal Control but want to make sure this doesn't happen again. Since the incident she's been very obedient about getting off the chair. Need to train her better to not get on the chair in the first place. It was my fault allowing her on my lap originally and then not letting her get up on her own. She seems to respond best to "Always" and "Never" rules. "Sometimes" isn't part of her thought process. She thought she could always get up on the chair once I let her up. Now I have to reverse that and make sure she understands never to get on the chair and also never to bite. I've been referred to a local dog trainer to help with the problem. She's basically sweet and clowns around all the time with her toys. She's more fun to watch than any TV show. Wish me luck!


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Comment from: momof2, 0-2 Female Published: April 28

One year ago our 2 year old daughter was attacked by a dog, suffering multiple bites to the face. This left her with a considerable amount of scarring. We have since been visiting a pediatric plastic surgery every few months to monitor her healing progress. This has been a very traumatic experience not only for our daughter, but our entire family. It left our daughter with physical damage, as well as extreme emotional damage. This has been a very difficult experience for our entire family. One things I would suggest to other dog bite victims is to try and see a plastic surgeon right away. They can give you advice to reduce scarring that we were not told by the ER doctor.

Comment from: Laura, Published: October 05

My dog bit my daughter this morning. In her face. This is the first time the dog has bit. My daughter has some bad puncture wounds on her cheeks and eyebrows. If the bite was an inch over, she could have lost her eye. A few inches down, and the dog could have gotten her neck. It makes me sick to think about it. The dog is gone. I know everybody says this, but I really never expected my dog to bite my child.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I took my vehicle to a business to get an oil change. While I was waiting in the waiting area for them to get it finished. The owner had a dog in the waiting area ( that is set up with T.V. to watch, magazines, and children's toys and little tables for kids) I had a sucker in my hand and was talking to my daughter, the dog just got up and took the sucker. We went on talking and as we was getting ready to leave, I bent down to get the sucker which was not on the dogs mat or of concern that the dog might get it stuck in his throat. The dog jumped up and bit me on my lower lip which took 14 stiches, inside and out. The owner of the business came running through the shop area to see what all the screaming was about. He didn't offer to call the police or Squad, but he did offer to give my daughter a FREE oil change and handed me a paper towel which was full of blood before we could get to our vehicle to get to the Emergency Room. We didn't take the full oil change. I was in shock by the time we got to the E.R. The owner agreed to pay my doctor bills and never even offered to say, "I’m sorry". The doctor at the E.R. called the health dept to see if the dog's shots were up to date. My Attorney got the reports of the dog from his Vet. Which stated that the dog had bitten the Tech in the face and suggested the dog be muzzled always. We found out that I was the 3rd victim of this dog. We are in Court now with his insurance carrier. I have to have plastic surgery for the permanent scaring on my lip. Not only am I now afraid of dogs, but I am emotional damaged with these ugly scars on my lower lip. I didn't deserve this, the owner had no business having a dog run loose in his place of business, not even caged.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 15

My dog bit someone today. I was holding him in my arms at the time and told the lady that he was not very friendly as she had a french bulldog and I knew my dog would attack it if I didn't tell her that he was not friendly. She thought I only meant that he was not friendly to other dogs and that him not being friendly didn't apply to people, although I told her that the reason he was not friendly was that he was a rescue dog from LA and that he was very abused in his last home. She didn't even ask me if she could pet him she just reached out a closed palm to him and he bit her on her hand. I feel that this wasn't my fault due to the fact that I had already told her that he wasn't friendly (regardless of whether it was to another dog or any human). In my eyes it was her fault for not asking if the dog was friendly to other humans.

Comment from: Virgie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

A month ago, I was walking on my lunch hour. I've walked by this dog for 3 years. She barks at me, I talk to her, no problem. But not this day. She got out of the yard from a hole in the fence that the owners knew about. Ran across the street to where I was walking and took a hunk out of my left leg. The sheriff’s office came to investigate and the damn dog bit the deputy as well. Fortunately, she had her rabies shot but the owners had her put to sleep anyway. No stitches for me but the wounds got horribly infected. 3 rounds of antibiotics. I will carry a horrible scar, and I think a limp as well, for the rest of my life. I'm also in therapy as I'm just not dealing with the entire experience very well in my opinion.

Comment from: Golden-Owner, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

Our 11 year old golden retriever has spent the past two years with my son and we got him back about a month ago. He has always been a lovely dog. I was trying to give him a bath, which I used to do regularly, and grabbed his collar and he bit me on my hand. My son admitted that his roommate’s boyfriend would grab the dog by his collar and yank him. So now if you touch his collar he is scared and reacts aggressively. I was glad it was me that he bit and not someone else. The bite was deep in my palm with a tooth impression on top of my thumb. Antibiotics and a tetanus shot, but no stitches to avoid infection. It no longer hurts, but I still have a small open wound on my palm.

Published: July 06

I was running down a sidewalk and was attacked by two dogs out of nowhere.

Comment from: creeddezigns, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I was bit by a dog on my hand and left leg. The owner said I provoked the dog. I went to the hospital and got some antibiotics and went home. Seven days later I had more bleeding and was given more meds. Now there is a scab forming and a scar will be evident.

Comment from: daisy0307, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I was working and making a delivery when I got bit above my left knee by a German Shepard. He just broke the skin a little bit but now it’s been over a month and my knee is very sore but the cuts have healed. I’m going to the doc on Monday to see what’s going on.

Comment from: NOT YERS, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

Well last week two of my female dogs got into a fight. Naturally I didn’t want to see them hurt each other, so when trying to break them up, they both bit me. Multiple punctures and eight stiches in my arm. It really hurts like heck!

Comment from: amycerisier, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I was bitten by a dog in the hand. I am not able to move my fingers without severe pain. I have been to the doctor twice. Given a tetanus shot and was put on antibiotics.

Comment from: losingit, Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I was viciously bitten 7 months ago after this 7 year old Russian Great Dane had, had its teeth cleaned and its rabies shot. I'm showing signs of depression, weight loss, and psychosis that is worsening every day.

Comment from: Anon, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

I was posting leaflets, the postbox just so happened to be at the bottom of the door. There was a dog in which attacked my hand whilst doing this. There was no sign in the window to warn me that the owner had a dog. Since the attack I had to go to my hospital for medical care, and I reported to the poilce because I was frightened that it could happen again to someone else or a child. Nevertheless after reporting to the police there was still no sign up, until they went and visited the owner. The wound in which was on my finger is now scarred and I have lost some sensation, it locks at night, and I was extremely ill. It has taken six weeks to close up, and I was unable to have stitches due to infection. I now fear dogs and have always been a dog lover.

Comment from: LK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I was bitten by a native dog in the upper thigh, while visiting my brother in the Philippines. The bite is a deep puncture, but did not require suture. I was rushed to the emergency room, where anti-rabies shot and tetanus shot was administered. My wound was also washed, cleaned with peroxide and bandaged. The doctor advised me to keep it dry for 24 hours. I was prescribed antibiotic pills and to follow up on my anti-rabies shot 7 days and 28 days after the exposure to dog bite.

Comment from: nikki, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I was bitten three days ago at a friends house. I was playing tag with her kids when we ran into the backroom and I jumped over her Great Dane that was laying down in the middle of the floor. She was startled and jumped up and bit me on the bottom of my thigh. There was one puncture wound, a few scratches and bruising. The wound got red and crusty and is still healing. I now have flu like symptoms the very next day but I don't know if it is related. I have no money for a doctor so I just pray that it's nothing that could harm me.

Comment from: jaycee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

My 14 yr old border accidentally bit my right hand whilst having paws dried. Skin puncture wound and abrasion - immediately cleansed and dressed with TCP and clean gauze dressing. Area is very tender, inflamed and swollen.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: December 28

I was attempting to break up a fight between my dog and another and my hand was bitten. The wound was not deep but bled quite a bit.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I was bitten by a German Shepherd. I was walking my grandchild. I passed a 12-year-old girl walking the shepherd. The dog did not bark, growl, or in any way let me know that I might be in danger. When I turned and passed the dog it turned and bit my calf below my left knee. She did not just bite me she took a chunk out of my leg. The wound was such that the ER doctor had to suture it because it was too deep to leave it as it was. The scar is ugly, but that is not my problem. My problem is that the muscle in that leg hurts continually and especially at night when my leg rests on the bed.

Comment from: dstuart, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I was bit by my dog on my pinky around Christmas. No blood involved, I can bend it, but it's still swollen and painful.

Comment from: Jack Russell owner, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 15

I have a two year old Jack Hound and I was giving her corrective training (spanking) for peeing on my bed and my hand was a little too close to her mouth and she bit me on my pinky finger and she drew blood that was the first time she has ever bit me, she is up to date on her shots but I went to the ER any way to get tetanus shot. Well I received a phone call from the health department. The doctor I saw at the hospital called them. I was told that my dog has to be quarantined.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I was at my sister's house and was outside. Her dog had previously bitten someone, but I had been around it before and didn't really think anything about it. I knew the individual it had bitten had provoked the dog so I walked out to see if I could find anything around that had injured the dog. I got just close enough that the dog lunged and bit me on the right breast. I now have extreme bruising and puncture wounds. The dog is too big to be around small children, but there are no plans to get rid of it, so I'm not going back there again.

Comment from: rt4706, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

I was bitten by a husky as I reached to the floor to recover pencil that I had dropped at a friend's house. I did nothing to provoke the dog, it was half-way across the living room! My hand is swollen and has a few minor puncture wounds. I washed with soap and water (*ouch*) and attempted to assess for underlying injuries, but did not find any at this time.