We’ve had some regression with our two puggles and newly adopted Mexican beach dog, Scout. You might remember, Scout’s animal rescue story went viral earlier this year. Things were going great until recently. The dogs have been fighting in the RV and I did what everyone (and common sense) tells you not to do. I tried to break it up by grabbing them and wound up with a dog bite.
The bite itself wasn’t bad, but the infection that followed was brutal. We went to urgent care as soon as it happened, they cleaned it and put me on amoxicillin. But within 24 hours, the swelling and pain was getting worse. Most concerning were the red streaks extending up my arm all the way to my shoulder, a major sign that infection is spreading and needs to be treated ASAP.
So a little over 24 hours after the dog bite happened, we made an emergency room visit where I was admitted for my first ever hospital stay and spent the next 3 days. They switched my antibiotics which I was receiving three times a day via IV. Thankfully, they did their job and no surgery was required to drain the infection.
Sadly, Scout, our rescue pup, was the one who bit me. She absolutely did not mean it and was in full defense mode. We went back to the drawing board on dealing with the dog aggression issues and enlisted the help of a professional dog trainer.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us to deal with the behavioral issues and it’s been an emotional few weeks.
Our thanks to Steve Delaney from the Dog House located in Breckenridge, Colorado as well as the amazing medical team at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado.
The Dog House: https://breckenridgedoghouse.com/
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