Bite injuries in dogs

Bite injuries in dogs often occur when a dog gets into a fight with another dog. Bite wounds can vary in complexity depending on where the dog has been bitten and how deep the wound is. Depending on the complexity of the bite, the approach you should take to best care for your dog will vary. Here we tell you more about what to do if your dog has been bitten by another dog!

Serious bite injury

If your dog has sustained a bite wound where the bite has penetrated the dog's skin, you should have your dog examined by a vet. Often the skin may have become detached from the underlying tissue, leaving a cavity where bacteria thrive. If this has happened to your dog and you decide to wait to seek treatment, there is a risk that a larger abscess will form a few days later.
If after a fight you find that your dog is in pain, even if it is not a visible skin wound, it is always best to consult a vet!

Minor, superficial wound

If your dog only has a minor, superficial wound that hasn't penetrated the skin, you can try treating this yourself - if the dog is otherwise fine. Here's what to do:
  1. Start by shaving the area to make it easier to see and care for the wound.
  2. Wash the wound twice a day with chlorhexidine solution - this will help keep infection away.
  3. It is important that the dog does not get to lick the wound. Therefore, put a collar on the dog to prevent it from licking or biting the wound.
When treating your dog at home it is important to keep an eye out for signs of infection and pain in your dog, if your dog shows any symptoms of this it is important to contact a vet.
How will I know if my dog is in pain or not you may ask. Yes - knowing that your dog is in pain is not always easy, of course, but there are some signs that you should be aware of and extra vigilant for. These are:
  • You experience the dog as depressed and low
  • The dog seems more tired than usual
  • The dog is lame or has difficulty getting up
  • The dog does not want to go for a walk
  • The dog does not want to eat as he/she usually does
  • The dog is more attention-seeking, whining and making noises he/she is not used to
  • The dog is panting
  • The dog does not calm down
If you have tried to treat a minor, superficial wound at home but find that the wound swells or becomes red and lasting, there is a risk that the dog has an infection. This is also true if the dog has become hoarse and/or has a fever. If this happens to your dog, you need to contact a vet to get the dog the help it needs.

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