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To go to hospital? Dog bite

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onestepat Tue 09-Jun-20 20:54:45

My dad has been bitten by our rescue dog.
It's pretty deep and is bleeding.
I've told my dad to put a bandage on.
It's on his hand.
My dad said he doesn't need to go but I think he does.
Will he need a tetanus?
He had one 5 years ago but I'm assuming a booster might be needed.
Aibu to tell him to go to hospital ?
Or just ring GP in the morning

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stophuggingme Tue 09-Jun-20 20:55:48

He needs medical attention

HappyHammy Tue 09-Jun-20 20:56:09

he would be better going to hospital to get it cleaned properly and a tetanus jab if the doctor thinks he needs one

stophuggingme Tue 09-Jun-20 20:56:12

Sorry that should add “tonight”

Mumoblue Tue 09-Jun-20 20:57:25

Yeah, he needs to be seen tonight. They'll want to do a tetanus and make sure it's cleaned properly.

bluefoxmug Tue 09-Jun-20 20:57:49

he needs medical attention.
not so much for tetanus, but because a dog's mouth is full of bacteria and because having functioning hands is pretty important.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Tue 09-Jun-20 20:58:24

I’d go, might turn septic.

Sarah510 Tue 09-Jun-20 20:59:12

It depends how deep it is... my dog bit me a couple of weeks ago sad but I soaked it in Dettol and put a plaster on and it was fine. Once my son got bitten though and the next morning his whole hand was swollen, so I took him to a&e. I think he got antibiotics. If it doesn't swell up and he thinks it's cleaned he is probably ok... but that's just IMO. He might know himself. How is the dog. Its scary isn't it.

Nottherealslimshady Tue 09-Jun-20 20:59:52

Hospital. Needs cleaning properly. All bites that break the skin need medical attention. As the doctor at hospital told me when mine got infected and nearly took my hand off.
Better safe than sorry.

AnnieMaul Tue 09-Jun-20 21:00:14

My FIL was bitten quite badly on his hand a couple of years ago and he was reluctant to go to hospital too so we went to the nearest walk in centre rather than A&E. The nurse who treated him said he was right to come in. She cleaned it and correctly dressed it for him. He then had to go back every day for a couple of weeks to have the wound cleaned and dressing changed to prevent infection as they don't sew up bites she said. He didn't need a tetanus.
I think if you ring GP in the morning they'll just tell you that it needs to be looked at, so it's up to you whether you go in now or then, but ultimately I think the advice would be to have it seen.

daisy118 Tue 09-Jun-20 21:01:02

Yes definitely to A and E,cat bite on my finger resulted in 3 nights in hospital,wound washed out under GA!intravenous antibiotics,then oral ABs and I sought medical advise within 4 hours.

ProudMarys Tue 09-Jun-20 21:01:43

Call NHS 111 before you go and they will give you the right advice!

Seventytwoseventythree Tue 09-Jun-20 21:03:19

Doctor here, when I worked in A&E we saw plenty of dog bites and PPs are correct they need cleaning and also a course of antibiotics as they are dirty wounds compared to eg. a kitchen knife cut. I would take him.

onestepat Tue 09-Jun-20 21:03:40

Can GP surgeries do tetanus shots or does it have to be a&e or walk in clinics ?

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BeeFarseer Tue 09-Jun-20 21:04:34

Yes, go - that's an A&E job.

Seconding the advice that any bite to break the skin needs medical attention. My dad wss nipped by my childhood hamster and ended up extremely ill.

Toddlerteaplease Tue 09-Jun-20 21:06:42

He'll need a tetanus and antibiotics.

Custardcreamies101 Tue 09-Jun-20 21:08:44

*Call NHS 111 before you go and they will give you the right advice*

They will say a&e....any penetrating dog bite needs to be check out (work for 111)

Minniee Tue 09-Jun-20 21:10:38

Yeah he'll have to go.

Has your dog bitten before?

Whereisthechicken Tue 09-Jun-20 21:12:24

My dog bit me a few weeks ago which left me with a few deep cuts on my ankle. I went to the hospital rather reluctantly because I'm sheilding but was glad I did. They cleaned it properly, put a dressing on it and gave me some antibiotics just in case. They don't stitch or glue dog bites as the risk of infection is higher so he'll need to be careful with an open wound for a few weeks until it heals.

onestepat Tue 09-Jun-20 21:14:06

Will I be allowed to go to A&e with him ?
I might go and wait outside
I don't want him to go alone
He said he will go up at 7 am in the morning

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Whereisthechicken Tue 09-Jun-20 21:15:01

Also, the doctor asked me if I'd had a tetanus shot in the last five years to which I replied I hadn't but I still wasn't given one. Just got antibiotics and extra dressings

onestepat Tue 09-Jun-20 21:14:59

@Minniee yes he bit me last year.
He had been badly abused my his last owners.
I think he has ptsd

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StoneSourFan Tue 09-Jun-20 21:17:09

He should have his lifetime immunity for tetanus especially if he had one 5 years ago.
He needs to be seen in A&E/minor injuries incase there is any underlying damage and for antibiotics.

Jeleste Tue 09-Jun-20 21:17:30

Tetanus shot is supposed to last 10 years i think. I worked at a vet clinic and we were required to get the shot every 10 years.
But he definitely needs medical attention. Dog teeth are dirty and small but deep wounds like that can easily get infected.

HappyHammy Tue 09-Jun-20 21:18:34

www.nhs.uk/conditions/animal-and-human-bites/

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