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Old 03-18-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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My dad was cleaning out the garage and let our 3.5 month old lab/chihuahua out and he ran to our neighbors yard and the next thing we hear is him squeaking in pain. My dad finds out that their dog had attacked our dog by biting and tossing him to the ground. He has a pretty deep wound and was bleeding very little. I don't know if I should take him to the vet to get stitched because he seems to be doing fine with neosporin and pain medicine. I'm avoiding bathing him because he hasn't fully recovered. My questions is, if I don't have insurance for him and no sort of license (yet) and vaccinations, what should I do? I'm bringing him to the vaccination clinic on 24th for all his shots, registration, and microchip. Then, planning on neutering him before I get a license. Should I just go ahead and bring him to a vet before this happens? My main concern is the cost, I am on a budget and my dog seems to be doing fine, so I'm debating whether or not I should take him in.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: On the west side of the Tetons
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You need to take him to the vet. If it really turns out to be nothing serious, it won't cost you much anyway. But, there could be injuries you aren't aware of, or infection, or he may need sutures. Dogs are very good at not showing that they're in pain. He could be hurting, even if he seems okay. You should consult a vet before giving him any medication for pain. Many vets are understanding and will work out a payment plan, if necessary. Please don't take a chance with his health.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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My dad was cleaning out the garage and let our 3.5 month old lab/chihuahua out and he ran to our neighbors yard and the next thing we hear is him squeaking in pain. My dad finds out that their dog had attacked our dog by biting and tossing him to the ground. He has a pretty deep wound and was bleeding very little. I don't know if I should take him to the vet to get stitched because he seems to be doing fine with neosporin and pain medicine. I'm avoiding bathing him because he hasn't fully recovered. My questions is, if I don't have insurance for him and no sort of license (yet) and vaccinations, what should I do? I'm bringing him to the vaccination clinic on 24th for all his shots, registration, and microchip. Then, planning on neutering him before I get a license. Should I just go ahead and bring him to a vet before this happens? My main concern is the cost, I am on a budget and my dog seems to be doing fine, so I'm debating whether or not I should take him in.
First I have to say it.......a lab/chihuahua mix??? How the heck did that work out?

By 3.5 months the pup should have already had his shots. You say you are bringing him on the 24th for ALL his shots but they have to be done in a series of 3.

Anyway.....Was the other dog vaccinated?
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:16 AM
 
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Anyhow you dog will most likely need a 2 series of shots. Younger dogs get a series of shots is to overcome maternal antibodies but your dog will be old enough to skip all 3 series of shots.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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Check the status of the neighbors dogs for vaccination. Also, see if the neighbor is willing to cost share on the vet bill since his dog bit yours. Though, if I was your neighbor and your dog came running into my yard off leash in an instigative manner yapping and growling and my dog bit yours, I wouldn't pay. But you haven't provided enough detail to make that determination.

As far as the actual injury--if there is no active bleeding nor in a placae on his body that will easily re-tear then you won't need stitches. It may require a good shaving and cleaning and some antibiotics though. Expect an emergency vet bill to be $150+.
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:51 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Check the status of the neighbors dogs for vaccination. Also, see if the neighbor is willing to cost share on the vet bill since his dog bit yours.
I would definitely check to see that their dog is up to date on shots. I would have also been at the vet's office the second it happened, but that's just me. They have Care credit available, so you can pay in installments.

I would not, however, expect the neighbors to pay. The OP's dog was unattended in the neighbor's yard. To me, that's negligent behavior and the neighbor's dog was protecting his territory. He did nothing wrong.
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Old 03-18-2010, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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First I have to say it.......a lab/chihuahua mix??? How the heck did that work out?

By 3.5 months the pup should have already had his shots. You say you are bringing him on the 24th for ALL his shots but they have to be done in a series of 3.

Anyway.....Was the other dog vaccinated?
I was thinking the same thing, only a little farther below the line. As in, "Man, that must have been a very conservatively endowed lab and the chihuahua deserves a lifetime achievement award..."

As to the OP's question, a deep puncture wound that isn't bleeding needs to be irrigated at the least. That's infection/abscess city.

The pup probably is going to be fine, but that needs to be checked out.
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