Wound infection symptoms in dogs

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Wound infection symptoms in dogs
Dog bites can become infected. ("Don't Touch my Cookie" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Jan Tik (Jan Tik) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Your dog is at risk of infection from any type of wound, whether from another dog's bite or an accident. Prolonged redness and swelling are just two of the warning signs that your dog's wound has become infected.

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Wound infection symptoms in dogs
Dog bites can become infected. ("Don't Touch my Cookie" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Jan Tik (Jan Tik) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Effects

Redness, pain, tenderness and swelling can occur at the wound site. These symptoms may reach their worst point 24 hours after the injury occurs.

Considerations

After a day, your dog's pain and other symptoms should start to subside. If your dog's discomfort worsens or the swollen or red area increases in size, the wound might be infected.

Identification

Other symptoms of an infection include a wound that is oozing fluid or pus, especially if it is thick, foul-smelling or yellow or green. Your dog might become lethargic, stop eating or run a fever.

Types

Bite wounds are prime candidates for infection since they puncture the layers of skin and transmit bacteria deep below the surface. Your veterinarian will probably prescribe antibiotics for your dog.

Warning

Look for swelling located elsewhere in the body, especially if your dog has a bite wound. That swelling occurs when fluids move through tissues and collect in a lower area.

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