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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ravencreek, Apr 21, 2009.
and has puncture wounds...What can I do? I have an idea on how she got them but not a positive id.
Is that the Great Dane or is that what the Great Dane did to the chicken? If it's the latter I'm shocked since Great Danes are known for being very gentle giants...
Anyway sorry I can't really except that whether it's the chicken or the dog you should apply some triple-antibiotic ointment to help it heal good and prevent it from getting infected. I haven't personally used it on any chickens yet but it should work fine since all it does is kill bacteria on the skin preventing infections and help it heal. I have used it on my dogs though whenever they get cuts...
Oh sorry....she is a dog....no a chicken. She has a rip and if you look across from my fingers you will see a puncture as well. She was acting up like she needed to go outside and when she came in she was all bloody and had the wounds. I heard coyotes calling earlier but they sounded like they were in a neighbors pasture. I am suspecting thats where they came from. Since there is nothing else I can think of.
Quote:Anyway I don't she'd need stitches (though I am no vet), I'd just apply neosporin or triple-antibiotic ointment on it every day until it heals up.
where are the wounds located?
1. Rabies shots up to date?
my "fixed" cat is territorial and gave me a bit of experience with wounds. Thus I learned the puncture wound is the one to worry about infection the most. My vet would supply me with a type of antibiotic with a long narrow nozzle for sort of injecting deep in the puncture, instructions to keep soaking off the scabs with warm wet cloths, gently empty the puss and reapply several times a day. Plus oral antibiotics. Only once had to deal with that kind of open wound. clipped back fur, kept up topical and oral antibiotics, healed surprisingly well.
However, how do you keep a big dog quiet and clean?
Get her to a vet. That looks like it needs stitches. She is going to chew at it. Might have to put a bucket on her head.
If you suspect she was bitten by another animal...she should have her rabies vx boosted whether she is up-to-date or not. Also puncture wounds need to have a drain placed in them a lot of times. She should be seen by your Vet as soon as possible. I would take no chances.
Quote:I agree, it needs to be property treated
Puncture wounds are the worst because bacteria from the mouth of the creature who did the biting get deep into the flesh, and have a chance to thrive in there.
The animals body will often respond by forming an infected abscess under the skin. The wound can look healed on the surface, because the wound will superficially close over, but there is infection underneath.
Long story short: puncture wounds = vet.
Vet treatment now could save you much more expensive treatment later on.