How To Treat A Bite On A Dog

How To Treat A Bite On A Dog


It’s happened—your dog has been bitten by another animal. This can happen at the park, in your backyard, or even inside your home. Maybe it was a fight that got out of hand, or maybe your dog was simply minding its own business and another animal attacked first. Either way, you need to clean the bite wound immediately after it happens to prevent infection and help speed up the healing process. Remember that if you’re ever unsure whether serious injury occurred during a dog fight, you should seek medical attention right away!

Step 1

In the event that your dog has been bitten, it is important to check for any serious injuries. If there is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. This can be done by placing one hand on top of the other and pressing down firmly. Do not lift up or remove any clothing that may be trapped in a bite wound as this may cause further damage, so simply keep pressure on it until you reach a hospital or veterinarian’s office.

Check for serious injuries.

You should check your dog for serious injuries. Here’s how:

  • Take the dog’s temperature with a thermometer. If it’s higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), take them to the veterinarian immediately.
  • Check their pulse—it should be strong and regular, not fast or slow.
  • Look at their behavior; if they’re acting lethargic or tired, they could have an infection from the bite wound that needs urgent veterinary care.
  • Check for swelling around the area of injury and redness elsewhere on their body that may indicate inflammation of a vein or artery as well as other internal injuries such as broken bones or damage to organs like kidneys or intestines that require emergency surgery in order to save them so they don’t die from sepsis (systemic inflammatory response syndrome) caused by bacteria entering through ruptured tissues into open veins during surgery.”

Step 2

  • Wash the wound with soap and water. This will help to remove any dirt or debris from the bite site, which can potentially cause infection if left untreated.
  • Wash the wound again with clean water. You want to make sure that all of the soap is gone from the injury, so it’s important to rinse thoroughly.
  • Use a clean cloth to dry the wound after washing it in both soapy and clean water is completed.

Wash the wound immediately.

  • Flush wounds with running water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Use soap and water to clean the wound.
  • Do not use soap on wounds in the mouth or nose, as this can dry out their tissue.

Step 3

When you are choosing a bandage, be sure it is clean. You can use an old towel or washcloth to dry the wound. Do not use a bandage that is too tight or too loose. If you wrap your dog’s leg with a bandage and it feels like his circulation has been cut off, loosen it up! If the bandage feels so loose that he could slip out of it, tighten it!

It is also important to make sure that you do not wrap your dog in so many layers of gauze that he cannot breathe comfortably through his nose and mouth (if he has one).

Dry the bite wound completely before applying any medicine.

Once the wound is completely dry, you can apply a first aid product. Some people advocate using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean bite wounds. However, these substances are not advisable because they can actually damage your dog’s skin as well as disinfect it. If you do use a cleaner, make sure that it contains no alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

Some people also recommend hot compresses for treating dog bites but this is not recommended either because heat can cause inflammation and swelling that could result in tissue damage around the area of the bite wound. Similarly cold compresses should be avoided since they could cause further injury when applied directly to an open wound

Step 4

There are a wide variety of antibiotic creams and sprays available for use on dogs, depending on the severity of the bite. If you suspect your dog has been bitten by another canine or other animal, consult your veterinarian for specific advice on treatment. The following is a non-exhaustive list of over-the-counter medications that may be helpful:

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antibiotic spray
  • Antibiotic gel

Apply a generous amount of antibiotic cream, spray, or ointment to the area.

Before applying the ointment, clean your dog’s wound with soap and water. This will remove dirt, debris and contaminants that can lead to infection. Make sure you dry the area thoroughly before applying medication.

If you have an antibiotic cream, apply a generous amount of it directly to the wound (not over any bandaging) until it is completely saturated. If you don’t have an antibiotic cream available but would like to use one anyway, then try using something like Polysporin or Neosporin first as these are safe for dogs and humans alike (just make sure there aren’t any other ingredients listed on those packages). These products contain both hydrocortisone as well as antibiotics which help prevent swelling while also preventing bacterial growth inside of your pet’s body which can lead to further complications down the line if left untreated!

Step 5

  • Make sure the bandage is not too tight. You should be able to comfortably slip two fingers between your dog’s skin and the bandage.
  • Make sure that the bandage is not too loose. You should be able to comfortably slip two fingers between your dog’s skin and the edge of the bandage if it has been wrapped around once or twice, depending on how large their wound is.
  • Make sure that there isn’t much excess fabric hanging off at any point; this can catch on things and cause discomfort or injury as well.
  • Use common sense; if something seems like a bad idea, don’t do it!

Put on a fresh bandage with gauze pads that are just slightly larger than the bite wound, and secure it in place with first aid tape.

The first step is to put on a fresh bandage with gauze pads that are just slightly larger than the bite wound, and secure it in place with first aid tape.

You’ll want to use a clean, dry bandage—not one that’s been sitting in your first aid kit for months. And make sure you don’t wrap it too tightly or too loosely: if you’re not sure how tightly to apply the bandage, make sure there’s room for two fingers between the wound and the material of your dog’s bandage.

If your dog was bitten by another animal, you need to seek medical attention right away.

If your dog has been bitten by another animal, you need to seek medical attention right away. You should also seek medical attention if the bite is deep or it was caused by a human.

If the bite is small and there are no other symptoms, you may be able to treat it at home using first aid techniques and over-the-counter medications. However, it’s still important to keep an eye on your dog for any signs of infection or illness.


If you dog’s wound is bleeding significantly, apply pressure to it with a clean towel or gauze. If the wound is deep and still bleeding after you apply pressure, wrap your dog’s torso with an elastic bandage like an Ace bandage or a Flex-band. Don’t apply the bandage directly on top of the injury.

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