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When was Ralph bitten?
Is he painful on the lump?
Do you have a picture you could upload for me please?
That's a nasty gash he got.
Is there any smell?
What does the lump feel like?
How is he in himself?
Thank you. Dog bites are nasty and prone to developing infection because the wounds are small on the outside and often heal while there are bacterial cells inside. He's very lucky as well, it looks quite close to some vital structures in his neck.
It may be that a small blood vessel was nicked and has formed a hematoma (collection of blood) or that some fluid has become trapped (seroma).
Monitor him over the weekend, if he shows any signs of illness (pain on touching the area, off food, quiet, etc) then you should take him to your vet. I would advise that you make an appointment with your vet for a check-up on Monday as he may need some antibiotics to help resolve the swelling so that it doesn't become an abscess.
In the meantime, you can gently bathe the area twice per day with saline (half tsp salt in a mug of cooled, boiled water) and then gently pat the area dry. Don't apply any creams as they trap moisture and bacteria on the skin which can make infections worse. Also, avoid using a collar until the area has healed because it can prevent healing.
Your own vets may be able to do this following a 'video' call. Most practices are offering telemedicine with video consultations so that the vet can see the wounds on Ralph.
Unfortunately, I can't prescribe medications using this platform.
You're welcome. You can return to this chat window over the weekend if you have concerns about Ralph (even after accepting/rating the answer) and I will do my best to advise you.