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Old 08-15-2007, 02:06 PM
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Puncture wound

*sigh* ... I left the dogs out too long yesterday to play (unsupervised) and Fly came in with a puncture wound on her front, left paw. Out of experience, it looks to me to be a bite wound ... not good. My three-legged Border Collie, Ben, lost his back leg to a gunshot wound and nearly lost his front leg, on the same side, to a bite wound; but, through surgery, we abated the bone infection and saved the leg.

We are watching her closely. There is no redness (surprisingly) as it is a clean puncture. Any swelling or redness and we will be into the vet promptly.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:18 PM
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Re: Puncture wound

Aw, Deanna, I hope that Fly is ok! Sounds like you have a handle on it though, watching it carefully...Is it very deep? Your pets are just getting into all sorts of trouble lately
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Old 08-15-2007, 05:28 PM
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Re: Puncture wound

smother it with triple antibiotic - it does wonders
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Old 08-15-2007, 05:54 PM
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Re: Puncture wound

Thanks girls. Caught my vet today when picking up critter food at the office. He said by the sound of the puncture, it is "ok" for the time being ... no redness, swelling and she isn't showing any signs of limping. But, at the first onset of such symptoms, he wants to see her.

Whew, what a day. First Fly then Mojo ... hope things don't continue along as they have been!
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:24 PM
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Re: Puncture wound

Quote: Originally Posted by birdcrazy View Post
smother it with triple antibiotic - it does wonders
Kelli (welcome back! ) ... I've heard of this triple antibiotic before ... where can I purchase it? What happens if ingested Fly is a licker and will have it licked off quicker than I can get it set down into the wound.
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Re: Puncture wound

How if Fly doing now, give him some belly rubs from me. Keep us informed on how they are both (Fly and Mojo) doing.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:46 PM
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Re: Puncture wound

Peta, Fly loved the belly rubs and she said to pass along a big, slobbery smooch to ya!

Fly is doing wonderfully today. No redness, swelling or oozing. But, based on my experience, I will be watching it for a few weeks ... as bite wounds can take a while to fester.

Just wanted to give a little more info on Ben (my three-legged Border Colllie) ... he was shot in the back leg three weeks before we adopted him. His owners were not feeding him properly and he'd become emaciated and went next to the next door neighboring ranch to raid (easy pickin's) the chicken coop. The rancher shot him ('tis life out west, unfortunately ... not uncommon). A rescue organization out of Vernal, Utah got him out of the pound and immediately got him veterinary care (an immediate amputation, high up on his hip). I had already contacted the director and told them that we were going to adopt him ... but, he had to be placed in foster care until we could both coordinate getting him down to Junction to us. While in foster care, he was attacked and bitten on his front leg. I talked with the foster mom and she assured me that he was fine and just had a "bump". Well ... (this is where I've learned to be leary about animal bites) ... this "bump" was actually an infection in the bone marrow in his front leg. So, when we got him home, finally, I kept an eye on it. I became worried but was told by both Dan and my vet that it is "nothing" just keep an eye on it. Well ... I could only do that for so long, then took Benny down to the vet and demanded an indepth exam. After the x-rays came back, it showed that he was in a lot of trouble and had a 50% chance of losing his front leg (same side as the back leg amputation).

... Anyway, we rushed him into surgery and they saved his leg. But, I am since that time, very cautious of any bite situation.
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Re: Puncture wound

triple antibiotic is like a brand name for any kind of antibiotic cream - it's over the counter at your favorite pharmecy just ask them if you're not sure. Torre licks it too and it's never seemed to hurt her.
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Glad to hear Fly is doing better!!!
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Re: Puncture wound

Loved the slobbery smootch. Thanks Fly.
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