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A large dog bit my shih tzu. He had my dog in its mouth. There are four puncture wounds?

Asked by sjr (1points) October 16th, 2008

My dog has been to the vet and the areas have been cleaned and she has been on meds for 2 weeks. I noticed two of the punctures are still weeping. My vet says there are only two options. One, cut out these areas due to the fact the skin is dying because the skin has been ripped from the body or, to have skin grafts put on my dog. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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shadling21's avatar

The poor dog! That’s horrible. Glad to hear that there are solutions to the problem, though.

I think your vet is more qualified than anyone on here (save the Flutherites who happen to also be vets). I know that I’m certainly not able to suggest anything.

Good luck!

deaddolly's avatar

Poor baby—how horrible. I would do whatever your vet recommends, if finances are a problem, see if you can work out a payment plan. I know how badly ‘bites’ hurt.

Best wishes to you and your little one.

syz's avatar

If there is tissue necrosis, it needs to be surgically removed. The resulting wound can heal by second intention (granulation), but that will require some significant medical management. The wound may require daily wet-to-dry bandage changes and the dog will have to be on antibiotics while the wound heals.

Skin grafts usually do fairly well and will decrease the healing time. Be aware, however, that there is always the chance that the graft will fail. If that happens, you will have to then go through the longer process, anyway.

There are no other good options.

loser's avatar

Go with what syz says. She knows her stuff.

Hang in there and give your poor little one some pets for me!

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