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Old 06-11-2008, 03:05 PM
Location: Johns Island, SC
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My OEB puppy hurt hurself today chasing after a ball. She bounced up under our travel trailer and hit her back on a sharp edge. She has a pretty long (3inches)suface scratch right between her shoulder blades. It is red and fairly raw looking, she is not acting "weird" but she isn't being as playful and does not want me to look at it. I washed it out a little with some cold water and rubbed some neosporin on it but I am concerned. I am on vacation and could take her to a vet but I don't want to over react. What are the odds of a dog getting tetanus?
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:40 PM
Location: Jax
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I'm not sure about dogs and tetanus, but I am quite experienced with dog wounds .

The Neosporin is a good choice. You mainly want to keep the wound clean and open. I tend to shy away from Neosporin because it makes the wound harder to clean, but it has enough pros that I'll use it from time to time.

I clean the wound with a product called "Dermachlor". It cleans and does a lot more (it also has a numbing agent, which is really good). You could also clean with saline (just dissolve a bit of salt in some warm water).

Dogs heal very quickly. A few weeks ago one of my dog got a big gash - about 2 inches across and deep, down to the muscle . She did this just as my vet had closed for the weekend, of course . I panicked a bit at first because it was such a deep cut, but keeping it clean and open did the trick.
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Old 08-13-2008, 08:53 AM
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well i am not a vet but i want to be one. your dog may possibly have tetanus is (he or she)wont let you see it it may be infected my suggestion would be to take him to a vet just to be sure he hasn't got tetanus just to be on the safe side.

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