How to treat a bite wound on a dog to avoid infection
Bite wounds are easily infected as bacteria is driven down into the wound. Most bite wounds are a piercing as the tooth goes through the skin, although sometimes they do not break the skin and merely bruise it. However, infection can still become an issue. It is important that any wounds are cleaned to prevent infection spreading.
Find the wound
Bite wounds can be difficult to find as they are usually puncture marks. Wearing a pair of surgical gloves, to prevent infection from spreading, and using a pair of scissors, snip the hair away from the wound to make it more visible.
Clean the area
Using a sterile saline solution and sterile gauze pad, wipe the bite wound down, cleaning away any dirt, debris and dried blood.
Visit the vet
It is important that you take the dog to see a vet as antibiotics may be needed to prevent secondary bacterial infections.
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