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My dog was bitten by something whilst in canal yesterday.

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Hi my dog was bitten by something whilst in canal yesterday. He's perked up today and us playing and eating but he's drooling more than normal and his skin appears to have gone baggy under his chin
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Is your dog bleeding a lot?
Customer: No he's not bleeding its just saliva
JA: What is your dog's name and age?
Customer: My dog was bitten by something in his jowels yesterday whilst in canal. He has perked up today and is eating and playing but he is drooling alot and his skin under his chin is droopy
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Archie 5
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Archie.

Is he being social, going on his walks and eating well?

Would a photo of the lesion be possible please?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
hes social today walking and eating fine
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Just the drooling and excess skin
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

This photo is great, thank you.

Is he up to date with his routine booster vaccines?

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
hes up to date
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Great, this makes the risk of Leptospirosis from a rat much less likely.

I suspect he does have an infection and we'd also consider a rupture of a salivary gland and/or lymph node enlargement.

There will also be some bruising and inflammation from the bite itself.

It is important we ensure he is continues to eat and be active and his gums should be pink and wet.

We should bathe the skin with salt water too.

He does need to see a vet so we can examine the lesion, flush it thoroughly and remove any foreign matter that could be in there.

He will likely need prescription medicine including antibiotics and anti inflammatories and the sooner these are started the better.

There is also a chance he would need a drain to be placed.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Ok so if a drain was placed in would it be for long. He's a very skittish dog. Nervous
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Can I purchase antibiotics without getting an appt? It's very difficult to get one at local vet
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Typically a drain would be placed under anaesthetic and would stay in for as long as it is productive (usually a few days). Most drains can be removed conscious.

Drains are not always needed and we'd hope he does not require one.

Unfortunately, antibiotics are prescription only and do require an in person vet visit.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Ok thank you for your help and advice
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 14 days ago.

Not at all and hopefully Archie is back to normal very soon.

Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thank you