Originally Posted by MikaTallulah
Most doctors in know if you said my puppy bite me and is UTD with shots would not think twice about it & would not report it- Accidents happen.
However if you are not the owner of the dog they would report it. An owner accidentally bitten by their own dog knows where there dog has been but if it is someone else's dog you don't know this.
A puppy bite is totally different from an adult one- Puppies explore with their mouths. An adult bite could endanger public safety.
I have seen many people end up with serious infections because they were afraid of the dog getting in trouble. Your dog needs to know if it is a dog bite so they can RX. the best antibiotic if needed.
In some areas your doctor is mandated to report all 'bites'- But it is put to them whether to call it a bite & report it or say it was a 'puncture wound' which a bite is without calling it such. Early treatment generally in my experience is documented as a puncture if the dog is known but will be documented as a bite is the wound becomes infected and reported as such. Just as an FYI.
OP- It sounds like your puppy was trying to grab the food not you and accidentally sliced your hand. A bite would be a clamping of the skin between he upper and lower teeth it does not seem like this was the case to me.
Also be careful using straight peroxide because it kills the bacteria as well as healthy tissue. You can buy actual wound cleaner which is better for you and your finger.
Originally Posted by ssacres
I do not want to add any stress to your situation but when my son got bit by a dog he had to get a tetnus shot. Just had to say this for your own safety. Sorry to add to your pain. Maybe your are up to date on tetnus.
Thanks! I called my doctor this morning. Verified I got my tetnus booster earlier this year. I did let them know that my 3 month old puppy broke my skin. They just advised me to watch for any sign of infection and call them / come in ASAP if there is. The wound is looking better and better. It finally stopped bleeding last night - so my bandaids are coming off clean. I have bactain (sp?) which I used to keep my piercings clean, so we'll probably switch to that or salt water from here on out.
On a happy note, Bear and I worked for 30 mins on his leave it. I gave him a juicy, delicous carrot and mid-bite, I asked him to leave it and traded it for a treat. He did GREAT! He actually walked away from it and sat in my lap (he knows I'm a pushover for puppy love) on a few occassions. After he complied, I gave him back the carrot and we tried again. I'm doing my best about being consistant with trading in the "real world" but I'm sure I can do better. So I'll strive to be even more consistant. I think I'm just going to be carrying kibble or treats in my pockets from here on out. lol!