And in the end, it's always come down to those two types of people. Still have questions? I trust the dog 99% BUT I also teach my dd healthy respect of her and other dogs' boundaries and space. Potential Infections Can Occur from a Dog Scratch. SECOND, the dog's salivia has to come in contact with your body fluids. Level 4: One to four punctures from a single bite. My dog bit my puppy's face, it didnt break the skin, but the area under his eye is swollen, is this normal, or - Answered by a verified Dog Veterinarian. If your dog is aggressive or even if he bites for no apparent reason, you must get immediate control of him. If you said "he's a gentle thing and wonderful with childrn", then you'd be shirkin your responsibility! He's attended scenes where a dog has been nicked, scratched, even outright killed by another dog. 1 doctor answer. Don't let your dog go outside the house without being on a leash and unless he's accompanied by a responsible adult holding the handle. Just wondering if there's more I should do for a dog bite... Don't want to be careless but I think I'm fine. She didn’t break skin but my daughter was bawling from the pain. agree with lauriefairycake. "We have people who stand around and say, 'My dog caused damage to your dog and they feel responsible for it. My dog was bite by another dog but didn’t break skin and over in his penis area it is really black and blue his legs don’t bother him as I can do range of motion and he does complain of any pain and it’s not hot to the touch none of that it’s just extremely black and blue should I take him in to be seen this happen Tuesday the bruising is just getting worst The other owner tried to break it up by putting his hand in between the dogs. The only way to get rabies is from a bite from an animal that already has rabies. Tonight, my boyfriend gave her a treat and when she was done, he moved her to lay down on the couch and she ran up his chest towards his face and nipped his nose. Before it escalates, there are measures you can take. Will post a pic. but I would firstly really make sure it was not prevoked, have a vet check up, reconsider the set up at home between the dogs and kids and as a last resort rehome. A nip is very different from a bite. This is page 1 of 2 (This thread has 42 messages.). You will have to inform the rehoming centre (if you use one) that it has nipped (I agree m1) a child. When he died I looked at our breed (dachshund) rescue and there were some lovely old sausages being given lots of love by people who obviously adore them. I think a young dog would not have coped well. Running away from a dog, even during play, can likewise provoke a bite. If it didn't break the skin, you can't get rabies. If the dog had rabies, which is highly unlikely even if it was NOT vaccinated, then you can technically contract the virus through tiny abrasions created in the skin that are not readily apparent to the naked eye. Just wondering if there's more I should do for a dog bite... Don't want to be careless but I think I'm fine. dog bite on thumb, didn't break skin. You may know the loving, sweet side of your dog and might have an explanation as to why your dog bit that person, but the sad truth is that those things don’t matter in this situation. Be polite, but let them know that you cannot tolerate this type of behavior from their dogs. Do you know if the dog has its shots? FIRST, the dog has to have the disease. I have had dogs all my life, and as children we were told to keep away from the sleeping dogs - I know your dd fell accidentally - my brother once made one (a soft friendly dog)jump waking it up for a joke and it bit him in the face, no stitches but it put 1 tooth through his top lip/under his nose - he never went near a sleeping dog again. At 11 it is getting near the end of its life for some breeds, so what chance does an old dog who has bitten a child have of finding a new home. I work with dogs and get bit at least 2 times a week! You can cover the wound using cotton bandage afterwards. Is an animal bite that did not break the skin dangerous? Is this something I should be concerned about and is it likely the dog will cause more serious injury? the bite did cause a small hole in the sweatshirt but didn't break skin. That responsibility is the downside of owning an animal. Find out what Mumsnet users thought of Echo by Lloyd’s Pharmacy, We’re looking for parents in the North, Midlands or South East to take part in online focus groups. But for deeper wounds and those from strange dogs, it might be time for a trip to the ER. He hasn't had shots in a while. I didn’t believe it at first when my friend told me, but it’s true. might leave a small bruise on the arm. How can I get him to understand my boyfriend isn’t? Yes/ No those officers will know the suited action to take. ... My childhood was full of tales of people getting horrible forty-something shots in their stomach after a dog bite. what should I do next from my side? If it were someone else's dog and problem, what would you advise them to do? Should I be concerned? I doubt very much if this little yorkie has rabies! I have 2 dogs and I would be really upset if any of my children were nipped (if actually bitten then the dogs would go!) When dealing with dog bites, there are certain steps to take, but what to do depends upon the circumstances and severity of the injury. what can i do to speed healing? have you taught him his place in the family? The dog's teeth and jaws are very powerful and the wounds they inflict can crush or tear muscles and skin, penetrate through the chest wall causing lung collapse, or cause serious or fatal damage to intestinal organs. Oh hell yeah. Get your answers by asking now. Emergency physician Dr. She didn’t break skin but my boyfriend and I were completely shocked she did this. My dog bit dd today (not badly - not broken the skin). Do you think that a dog bite that didn't break the skin dangerous? It usually doesn't break skin, but even the ones that do i just clean it out really well and just keep keeping it clean. A dog even it's still bit,it can hurt us skin. I don't think you'd be shirking your responsibility in getting him re-homed. A dog owner is responsible for all actions that their dog takes, including when their dog bites someone else. As far as I know the bites were completely unprovoked. If it didn't brake the skin, you do not need to seek medical help. Now last week I received a letter from the man's attorney saying I am being sued for damages and suffering and asking if I have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance (I don’t). What am I to do? How do you think about the answers? I have a 50lb. Unlike some other states’ “one bite rule,” liability attaches regardless of whether the dog has bitten before. Are Pitbulls dangerous dogs or is this a myth? The bite didn't even break the skin. An understanding of the law involved is vital to the success of any claim. People and animals have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, which can cause an infection if a bite breaks the skin. On her hand and foot skin grazed but bleeding a wee bit. Is it weird to rename a puppy you adopted? we had a very similar problem 2 months ago where our family dog fatally mauled our cat in front of the children. You will be fine. we found him a lovely mature home nearby, which he loves and we can still see him whenever we please. Example: Dog Bites Person, Does Not Break His Skin In one California case a man volunteered to help a homeowner fix their swamp cooler mounted on a roof. Because likely the dog wasn't corrected, and thus believes that it's perfectly okay to go around being a nasty, ill-tempered, aggressive little furball. How is owning pets any different then slavery ? There's a small bruise, no swelling. Usually your blood, in the case of a bite -- which would mean it would have to break the skin. There was only a small break in the skin. Do you know the dog is infected? A nip however I would just be keeping a really watchful eye on, and plenty of dog bossing - ie in your bed, out of your bed, oh look i'm standing on your bed type of stuff. To get the infection, two things have to happen. He didn't even break the skin at all. The dog may think it's part of the fun, or running away could trigger herding behavior or predatory pursuit in some breeds. First of all if i didn't break the skin you should be just fine! I would be torn between keeping it and getting it rehomed, wouldn't consider having it put down. But also what Lauriefairycake says about him knowing his place in the pack. Use a harness, muzzle, or head halter to prevent him from further biting. She didn’t break skin but my boyfriend and I were completely shocked she did this. Why do people on here give such terrible advice? Don't think it is like that now. The risk of any kind of infection is very slim if the skin was not broken. Arizona. sorry but having seen this a few times i would say put to sleep but i have broken skin on otherside around my thumb nail due to biting that skin myself. Has it ever shown any agression towards the children before? If it was my dog I would know that he nipped the baby because he was woken suddenly and that it was an automatic reaction but I would only know that because he is loved, secure and very well trained to know his place in the pack. It’s a very good idea to remove the dog’s stressors at this point, before he graduates to the next level. however you need to be honest and see if the dog has enough spac in the family. He's never bit anyone before. Even a bite that does not break the skin can cause crushing or bruising injuries to the underlying soft tissues. An apology doesn't excuse it. Is there anyone else, perhaps a relative, who could rehome him? I was not seen by a doctor. Unless you licked the dog's salivia off your body, I'm sure you're fine. Don't delay, if your dog bites someone, take the following steps: Remain calm. If you love him and are willing to spend a bit of time making him secure, retraining him a little then how about taking him to the vet and asking advice and then getting a dog trainer round. Its a tough decision and if you decide to keep him then you need to maybe make some changes such as not having him near the children without you there, harder than it sounds though. I think that this is one of those situations where it is easy to think that you would get rid of a dog if it bit someone, but different when it is actually your dog in your house. Does the dog not have an area it can go away from the children? What do I do? i hope your dd isnt too traumatised. It’s just so strange that I’ve never had this issue before with any other dog. It didn't break the skin, or bleed or anything and I wiped the marks with rubbing alcohol once I got home. I agree with Magnolie and Spidermam. A chew is a chew whether it broke pores and skin or no longer. The dogs might have ok been enjoying. to be put down is a bit exagrated IMO. Help me decide.... Talk widget showing discussions of the day & trending threads, Subscribe to Mumsnet emails direct to your inbox, www.kennels.co.uk/Gundogs/Cocker%20Spaniel.htm. Earlier on, when I was playing with my dog, he bit me, and tore through my jumper, and broke the skin on my arm. I’m not sure if this is what happened with the rommates sister, but I would like some advice on how to break my dog of this. X Research source If the dog’s vaccine status is uncertain—such as if the dog was a stray—the dog should be observed for fifteen days (if possible) to see if it develops signs of rabies. 0 2. Yesterday I was watching my son play with my dog like always. What breed of dog is it? Dog bites can happen for a lot of reasons, from a puppy in the teething stage nipping you to an attack by a strange dog on the street. There was no blood, the bite marks vanished within 20 minutes, there was a slight swelling and i could feel my pulse in my finger but all that stopped in about 15 min and it all feels normal now. It wasn't put down, nor should it have been. Bites are only serious if they … Unfortunately, while the man was on a ladder to access the swamp cooler the homeowner’s large dog jumped up and grabbed the man’s thigh with its teeth, knocking the man off the ladder. That's an interesting question, looking forward to going through the responses. Or I'll go to the vet with you. The virus would likely die in the harsh environment out of your blood stream or mucous membranes before it made it far enough in. Like a cuff round the ear is different from a punch in the face. Does a “dog bite” have to break the skin? Canine Skin Allergy. First time I was out walking my Lab at night. Not sure why you're concerned either way about the penalty. For dogs you know, a dog bite should be treated like a laceration and watched for signs of infection. What you need to … Two of mine bit me by accident. I would do the same thing if my dog had bitten someone. I don't want to get rabies. to rehome puts someone else at risk, Ok, do you love your dog? At the moment you can only presume what happened as you have already said. The most diligent dog owners may find themselves in the scary situation of having their dog be bitten by another dog. It grabbed my nose and left a few marks from where it's teeth were. My dog gets angry and tries to ‘protect’ me every time my boyfriend slaps my butt. Hello, I was scratched by my puppy on my foot last night and it didn't bleed but the skin was broken. He is old and grumpy - doesnt deserve to die because of that. I was petting a dog tonight , it was a hot dog venders dog and the dog bite me on my face. I'm from a long line of dog owners and they've always been gentle, trustworthy family pets but I was bitten quite badly when abroad 15 years ago so i know the damage that can be done. I think rushing out tomorrow and getting him put to sleep is completely ott. SECOND, the dog's salivia has to come in contact with your body fluids. If it didn't break the skin, you can't get rabies. Those bitten by dog’s often know the dog that bit them and can verify that the dog has previously received a rabies vaccination, in which case rabies is not a concern. 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