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Yesterday at work I got bit by a dog. I checked his records and know he is up to date on shots, and I had a tetanus shot in 2010 so am up to date with that. Immediately after it happened I cleaned all the wounds with saline solution and applied pollysporin and covered them up. Then I cleaned them again before bed yesterday with alcohol and used more Polly. Didn't cover them up after though. This morning I cleaned again with alcohol and more Polly, and covered them before work. Now I'm home from work and just cleaned again with alcohol and Polly. I noticed that three of the puncture spots have what looks like puss inside the healing wound. Should I poke the area with a sterile needle to get the puss out? Should I go to the doctor? I can post a picture if need be...


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Strong Second, on the Doc!
 

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Third on the doc. And make sure the dog's owner pays every cost involved.
I think Jess helps out at a shelter...and I think (?) where he got bit...
Why he was able to check the records so quickly!
 

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ahh that's what I was afraid of! I hate the doctor. if its no better in the morning I was going to make an appointment or go to the walk in clinic. just hoping for someone who's experienced the same thing I suppose.

I think Jess helps out at a shelter...and I think (?) where he got bit...
Why he was able to check the records so quickly!
I don't work at a shelter, no. im at a dog daycare. the dogs are required to bring proof of all vaccines before staying with us and they each have their own file. that's how I checked so quickly :)
 

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LOL! Jess, cat bites can cause terrible infections! Unfortunately, so can a dog bite, so be safe and see the Doc, he/she will no doubt put you on some antibiotics, and you'll be good as new!!
Doggy daycare! That explains its!;):D
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Dog bites aren't usually as bad as cat bites. I got a bit of a chomp on my foot seeing a client a few weeks ago (My fault, I knew the dog was a biter and accidentally crossed a line. Lots of progress after that though, and since it was my foot - little soft tissue, plus it was the numb foot - I could easily continue the session.)

That being said, basic care is what you're doing...but with first signs of an infection I'd probably agree with a Dr visit. Unless youre feeling really brave, enough to thoroughly irrigate the wound in hopes of cleaning it then letting it air-dry before putting on the poly. Even then you'd maybe buy a day...not worth it, IMO.

Good luck! I hope yours heals up as quick, and as well, as mine. AND may you avoid bites in the future!

For curiosity's sake...how'd you get tagged? Dog fight?
 

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For curiosity's sake...how'd you get tagged? Dog fight?

No not a fight. This was a spoiled dog who does not like to be told what to do. During feeding he bolted inside to try get more food, I took him by the collar and started to take him back out and apparently he didn't like that lol and he lashed out at my hand.



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