Patient Comments: Dog Bite Treatment - Type of Experience

Question:What was your experience with a dog bite?

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: 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.

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 downhard! 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: 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.


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