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Dog bath and beyond

My son is a very finicky eater (this is not unusual for a 10 year old) and also not very adventurous. He was recently bitten on the arm by a cat and I was told to apply pressure to the area to stop the swelling. The problem is he still has a bite there, but not a nice one, more like a small scab and it has been there a few weeks. I'm not sure if this is normal, but I was wondering if you could help me out as to what I should do.

I'm sure the biting is more for the satisfaction that the cat got than the meat of eating me, but I can only assume there is something "food related" or a "custard like" thing going on.

I was planning on giving him a dog bath tonight and wondered if that would be the best way to clean his wound (not sure if that's what the term is). I was also going to get him a bath brush for soft fur animals.

I'm planning on washing it down with alcohol and using a new antibacterial soap or am I going about this the wrong way? I don't know much about wounds but is soap and alcohol the best way to clean a wound and is it better to use alcohol on wounds with scabs or open wounds?

When the arm was bitten my son was about 3 and I used regular baby shampoo on his head and neck and it seemed to work just fine. The only thing I'm not sure of was if I should let him wear his shirt while in the bath.

Should I be making him lie down and not let him have any food or liquids for at least 12 hours and then bathe him? Is that necessary?

My son was a bit of a terror when he was a child but after the baby bath brush he doesn't seem to think it was a big deal or a problem.

How long do you have to bathe a wound and when should you stop?

Does he need to change his clothing?

I apologize for all the questions, I just feel it would be better to have some other answers to give. I was told by a vet that once you bathe it you can do it daily because you are cleaning it out but I'm wondering if there is any kind of "danger" with the wound.

Thank you for any advice or information you can share!

Danger? There's no such thing, really.

You can bathe a wound when it's open, but you need to be careful. I usually wait until it's clean and dry -- but it won't hurt anything if it's not completely clean. After it dries, I usually don't have any problems with it not looking as clean and/or dry. I have had some wounds that were kind of 'pimply' before the bath, and while they are not totally clean and dry, they don't need to be. You have to do what's best for your dog and what he wants to do, and I'm not sure what that is for your situation.

When you've bathed it, I'd recommend that you follow up with regular, gentle, frequent (as many as once a day) attention. You might want to apply a little bit of topical product (e.g. an ointment) if you think he needs some, but that's just what's best for your situation. You should be gentle in your skin care and try to get it in place in a non-traumatic way. You don't want to squeeze his wound or otherwise injure it more. He may have a very dry skin, and I'm pretty sure if you can get the wound cleaned and open, then you can take it easy.

One thing that does need to be made a little more certain is that he doesn't get a wound infection from this process. I'm not 100% sure about that, but if it makes sense to you, then I would think that he shouldn't be touching his own wound and bathing it without taking precautions. If it seems to be getting worse instead of better, then it may be time to have the wound checked out by the vet.

Just because he's not allowed inside, doesn't mean you can't take him outside when you bathe him. You may want to have an awning or such set up where you can keep him out of the sun, but you can still be in the sun and do your bathing. If the place you bathe him is too windy, you can still bathe him, just get a nice wind break, like a hammock or whatever.

At some point, if this doesn't get better on its own, then I would encourage you to take him to a vet. I would ask if they have a special vet that does wound care and what their policy is on this.

I understand where you are coming from, and understand it to be completely different from my situation.

I got a splinter/wood chip in my paw about 4 weeks ago, and as far as I know, I've just been letting it ooze for the last few days. It's only gotten smaller, and I've been trying to keep my hand out of it so it could ooze more. It still feels tight to the touch, and I had to stop exercising it.

It has grown a bit more than my previous post, but it still isn't really hurting or swelling up, so I still think it's not a big deal. But it is a bit bigger than my other wound, which I have not kept an eye on. It's not really painful or sore, but it could be getting worse. I'll have to make the decision soon.

I will also mention that I was in a car accident about a year ago and had to go to the vet. My vet was the one who treated me for my wound in the car. So, I know what I'm dealing with, and there are some things I just need to know from the experts, before deciding to go ahead and have it looked at. I'd love to have an answer about what I should do.

I don't like the idea of getting the wound looked at and finding out that it is a lot worse than I thought. It could turn out to be infected, and I'd have to take medication, and then the doctor would have to make another trip, and then...

My other wound is about 4 times as big, and was the size of a pencil eraser (or at least as big as one, for reference). I'd also rather leave it alone and just let it heal on its own.

A wound on your hand may be considered an emergency if it is bleeding and you have been scratching your hand, especially if there is swelling in the area, to try to prevent infection. That said, it should be treated the same as any other wound you may have.

In the U.S., the typical "treatment" for a minor wound such as a splinter, nail,



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