Dog bites or bites from other animals can typically be treated with home care if there is no danger of rabies. If the skin is broken and rabies are a possibility the animal should be identified or captured if possible and professional medical help should be used. For other bites they may fall into one of these categories:
• No broken skin – minor concern.
• Puncture wound – limited bleeding and a high risk of infection.
• Open wounds with torn flesh – bleeding needs to be stopped, infection addressed and wound closed properly. In more serious situations there is also the possibility of damage to underlying structures in the body including tendons, ligaments, nerves, bones, etc. Also sutures or medical procedures may be required to repair highly damaged areas.
Always monitor any of these types of wounds in the days following for the danger of infection.
• No broken skin – clean and topically apply Melaleuca. Use Soothing Blend for pain and bruising.
• Puncture wound – clean and apply Frankincense, Melaleuca, Protective Blend and/or Cleansing Blend topically. To help oils penetrate into the puncture dilute with a carrier oil and work them into the wound. Cover and treat 2 times per day for 2 – 3 days.
• Open wounds with torn flesh – Stop the bleeding with Helichrysum and pressure. Clean the area and topically apply Frankincense, Melaleuca, Protective Blend and/or Cleansing Blend.
Cautions: If flesh is damaged to the point requiring stitches or there is danger of damaged ligaments, tendons, nerves or bones seek professional medical attention. If there is a risk of rabies capture the animal if possible and seek professional medical attention.
Consider 4 drops of Protective Blend and 3 drops of Oregano in a capsule taken 2 times a day for added protection against infection.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.