This jagged laceration near the elbow resulted from a dog bite through a heavy sweat shirt and required 12 sutures to close. The patient was also treated with a tetanus booster and a 7 day course of oral cephalexin.
Dog bites to back side of right arm. The wound closer to the elbow required 12 sutures, while the one lower on the arm required 6. Bite was made through a heavy sweatshirt which, no doubt, kept the wounds much less serious than they could have been. Patient presented with two bites gaping with fatty tissue hanging out of them. Bleeding had lessened considerably in the approximately 10 minutes from time of attack until arrival at the medical facility where injuries were treated. Patient was sutured, given a tetanus shot and a 7 day supply of Keflex, to be taken 3 times a day. Patient was expected to heal with no resultant side effects other than pain lasting several days and possible scarring.