Dog bite- do I need to get a jab?

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CeeCeeMacFay Mon 18-Mar-19 21:57:09

My 10 year old ddog has bitten me, puncturing the skin and causing quite a deep wound. She has an injury on her leg causing her to have stitches and as I was cleaning her wound, which I have done for the past 10 days without issue I must have accidentally hurt her and she snapped and bit me. She has never reacted like this before so am not worried about her biting but the bite itself is pretty deep. Advice online is quite conflicting, do I need a jab??

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SCST01 Mon 18-Mar-19 21:59:05

Yes, I think you do, or possibly pre-emptive antibiotics. Sounds like an A&E job to me.

gamerchick Mon 18-Mar-19 22:00:03

I would ask for medical advice IRL certainly.

CeeCeeMacFay Mon 18-Mar-19 22:00:40

Ah thanks, I thought so but didn't want to over react. It is pretty painful and ddog is looking very sorry for herself as I screeched my head off !

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Pepsioften100 Mon 18-Mar-19 22:00:59

You need a tetanus if you haven’t had one in last few years or completed course, and possible antibiotics, not always needed for dog bites vs cat bites

TheSandgroper Tue 19-Mar-19 00:27:57

From recent experience, if a dog bite has broken your skin, you need a tetanus top up within 12 hours.

If it happens to be on a finger with rings on, get the ring off before you need to get it cut off.

Theoscargoesto Tue 19-Mar-19 07:42:08

My DD was bitten by a dog whilst out running (owner oblivious, dog out of control but that’s another story). It was a Saturday. She rang 111, was sent to A&E and prescribed antibiotics (she was up to date with tetanus). I thought they’d tell her to wait and see if the bite got infected (overuse of antibiotics etc) but apparently that’s the best course. If I were you I’d just see my GP.


Quartz2208 Tue 19-Mar-19 07:44:09

Yes medical advice I got an infected dog bite and needed two sets of antibiotics the doctor told me I should have gone in straight away

randomsabreuse Tue 19-Mar-19 07:47:56

10 year old dog probably has some dodgy teeth too - unless she's very recently had a dental.

crazycockerlady Tue 19-Mar-19 07:47:56

You'll need antibiotics and it cleaned out.

They might use steri strips to partly close it but won't close it completely as there needs to be an escape route for any infection.

Providing you had tetanus shots as a child then you don't need them now - medical advice has recently changed to lifelong protection.

I know this because I was bitten recently.

CeeCeeMacFay Wed 20-Mar-19 00:09:27

Thanks everyone I was prescribed antibiotics and had it cleaned out.

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