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    thundert Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jun 7, 2014, 09:42 PM
    3 days ago my dogs got in a fight and left 2 puncture wounds on my dogs left shoulder
    My dog has 2 puncture wound on her back from our other dog have treated with Epsom salt soaks and it has been 3 days, it was very swollen, now about 1/2 the size, still oozing, she is eating well, active, no breathing problems, I am still treating her daily with soaks and antibiotic ointment, do I need to take her to the vet.
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    Jun 8, 2014, 07:11 AM
    If your child got bitten and you have the same conditions, would you home treat or take to a Doctor? Other dog have a rabies shot? Your dog have a rabies shot?
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    Jun 8, 2014, 07:44 AM
    Seems to me I remember reading something about possibility of infection under the skin from a bite even though the outside looks good. I will also suggest a vet visit.
    Biggest issue would be to figure out what caused it and what you can do to help prevent it.
    If she is okay so far I would suggest no emergency vet but your regular vet on Monday. I know how expensive emergency vets can be but if she seems to worsen or you become more concerned than you may have to go.
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    tickle Posts: 23,801, Reputation: 2674

    Jun 8, 2014, 07:44 AM
    Of course you need to take her to a vet. She will need booster shots if anything. Your treatment seems to be okay. I would keep a close eye on the oozing; bleeding is good, bleeding cleans the wound.
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    tickle Posts: 23,801, Reputation: 2674

    Jun 8, 2014, 07:48 AM
    Your treatment of the wound see be okay. I would discontinue the epsom salts though. Soaking a lot will not do any good, only deter the healing process. What kind of antibiotic cream are you using. Some are not good as the wound will develop a resistance to the effect of the antibiotic over a prolonged period.

    Good luck, but would still suggest a vet if the wound does not start to heal in a week or so.
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    Jun 8, 2014, 10:46 AM
    Dog bite wounds are easy to compare to an iceberg. You only see the top, but underneath, a lot of damage occurs.

    This dog needs oral antibiotics, which you can only get from a vet. Antibiotic creams aren't strong enough to penetrate deep into the wound. And from the description, an abscess has already formed. This needs to be addressed through a vet.

    There aren't many options.. your dog needs to go in.

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